Three-Fifths Compromise

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At the Constitutional Convention, there was some debate over whether slaves should be counted as part of the population determining the number of seats in the House of Representative granted to each state. The Three-Fifths Compromise was the solution to this problem. It determined that five slaves would count as three people in determining the population for taxing and representation. [1]

It was proposed in 1787 by James Wilson at the Constitutional Convention. The Compromise was introduced as a solution between the Southern and Northern States.


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