Monday, September 21, 2009

The Great Compromise of Representation

During the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the delegates supported and debated many ideas. The larger states wanted representation in the one chamber based on population. The smaller states didn't think that would be good for them.

The Great Compromise, also known as the Connecticut Compromise, was the result of the delegates coming together to devise a better plan. This plan, as we know it today, provided for two chambers- the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Senate allows equal representation for each state, while delegates to the House are based on state population.

Georgia delegate Abraham Baldwin, who first favored representation based on land holdings, saw the wisdom of the the Great Compromise. Later, he was to say his greatest public service was in his role in promoting the Great Compromise at the Convention.

This Constitution Moment was brought to you by the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in Fayetteville, GA.

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