We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3
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Lesson 10 Purpose
What or whom did the national government represent?the states, the people, or both? This lesson examines that debate at the Philadelphia Convention. It also examines the so-called Great Compromise, which dealt with the makeup of the House of Representatives and the Senate. In addition, it examines two issues that the Great Compromise did not resolve: how population would be counted for representation in the House and how new states might receive representation in Congress.

When you have finished this lesson, you should be able to explain the differences between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan and the importance of the Great Compromise. You also should be able to explain how the Framers addressed regional issues with the Three-Fifths Compromise and the provision for a periodic census of the population. Finally, you should be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on why major issues debated at the Philadelphia Convention are still on the national agenda. Audio ]
Lesson 10      Why Was Representation a Major Issue at the Philadelphia Convention?
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