Causes Of The 3/5 Compromise

570 Words3 Pages
"Most bad government has grown out of too much government"-Thomas Jefferson Jefferson and his fellow Americans experienced this firsthand under British Rule. As a result, the first governing document of the US created a federal government far too weak to function. To rectify this situation, the founding fathers created a new Constitution. However, there were disagreements between differing political parties that led to a compromise.

The Articles of Confederation established a poor government. Many problems caused the government to be weak. One major problem with the Articles of Confederation was that the government had no power to collect taxes. This effect the government, because the government couldn't get money to pay the debts the US had or even for the army. This document had just formed a weak, poor government that had no power.

Even though the Articles of Confederation formed a poor government, to not be able to collect taxes, it had other weaknesses too. The government had no national court
…show more content…
Another constitutional compromise was called the 3/5 Compromise. The 3/5 Compromise was a compromise that discussed how slaves should be counted as 3/5 of a white person. Many southern states felt slaves should be counted as a whole representative, while the northern states felt slaves should be not be counted as representatives. These compromises dealt with many feelings and perspectives between the states.

Through the weaknesses of the government and the constitutional compromises, the Constitution was later established. The US Constitution was seen differently between two political parties. These two political parties were the Federalist and Anti-federalist. How much power the government had wasn't the same for these two groups. A Federalist was a group of people who supported the Constitution and the Anti-federalist was a group of people who opposed the ratification of the
Open Document