Great Compromise

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How Representation of States in Congress was Determined? Eduardo Rios HIS/155 November 7, 2017 Mr. Fifield How Representation of States in Congress was Determined? In 1787, there was an agreement between the delegates to the Constitutional Convention that our United States government would have two legislative houses in Congress, based on the amount of people in each state determined the number of the House of Representatives and each state was granted two Senators. The Great Compromise was probably one of the most controversial events that ended, surrounding the new states. Smaller states felt inadequate to votes based on the fact they would be overrun if the population for each one would be determined on how much Congressional…show more content…
It was a compromise that formed a two-chambered Congress in turn having a House of Representatives which can be determined by a state’s population. It has been stated that, the deal reshaped the American government structure striking a balance between the highly populated states and their demands while at the same time taking into consideration the less-populous state and their interests. The biggest toll of the Great Compromise had to be the structure of our American Government as we know it today. Even the both the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan proposals had been shut down, it really harped on coming to common grounds for all who were involved during the debate. One of the other effects that can be seen is the way it was created as a two-tiered system that considered the needs for persons in the lower house, and how the upper house handled concerns from the states. The Great Compromise of 1787 gave larger states representation in the lower house according to population, and the smaller states attained equal representation in the upper house. In the end, the Convention was kept together by the Great Compromise; it paved the way for the system to have a bicameral Congress based on which the lower house is on a proportional representation, and where each state has an equal representation in the Upper
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