Important Compromises at the Constitutional Convention Directions: Read about the following problems in creating a constitution for the United States. Use the resources provided and identify the problem, the various point of views on the issue, and finally the solution to the issue. Resources- Call to Freedom Textbook, https://www.thoughtco.com/compromises-of-the-constitutional-convention-105428 Problem REPRESENTATION The representatives are the people who will go to the nation's capital to make decisions for the whole country. The small states want every state to have the same number of representatives in the Congress. The big states want the number of representatives to be based on the number of people in the state. A compromise must be reached. COUNTING ENSLAVED PEOPLE Several of the southern states will not agree to the new Constitution unless they can continue to maintain slavery in the South. The Southern states want slaves counted in the population of their states for representation purposes. Most northern states are opposed to slavery and do not favor counting slaves as part of the population unless they also count for tax purposes. The North wants and needs the southern states' support of the Constitution. A compromise must be reached. 1st Point of View 2nd Point of View Small States (like Rhode Island) Big States (like Virginia) North: South: Compromise In YOUR opinion, did this compromise create a stronger nation? EXPLAIN. Problem 1st Point of View THE SLAVE TRADE: North: The northern and southern states were divided over bringing more issues in slaves into the United States from other countries There is a strong division on this issue between the northern and southern states. Many delegates from the North are opposed to slavery and especially to bringing in more slaves from other countries. The southern states consider slavery and the slave trade as essential to their economy. Several of the southern states will not agree to the new Constitution unless they continue to have the right to own slaves and to get them from other countries. A compromise must be reached POWER OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH You are on the committee to decide what the powers of the executive branch should be in the new government and how the executive should be selected. Under the Articles of Confederation there was no executive branch and many at the Constitutional Convention are afraid of ending up with a powerful King like England. Some delegates want a strong national government with a powerful executive branch. How much power should the executive branch have in the new government? How should the executive be selected? A compromise must be reached 2nd Point of View South: Compromise In YOUR opinion, did this compromise create a stronger nation? EXPLAIN.