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The Framers Debate State Representation

The Connecticut Compromise by Bradley Stevens

During the summer of 1787 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia debated one issue for months, the question of how congressional representation would be determined. After much deliberation, the delegates established equal state representation in the Senate and proportional representation in the House of Representatives. Called the “Great Compromise” or the “Connecticut Compromise,” this unique plan for congressional representation resolved the most controversial aspect of the drafting of the Constitution.


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