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it is a Compromise, which stipulates that three/fifths of the slave population would be counted for purposes of representation.

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According to the three-fifths compromise they were counted as three-fifths a person.

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3/5 in each state

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They were counted as 3/5 of a person.

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What was the northern states viewpoint on counting slaves for the purpose of representation in Congress?

Northern states opposed it, Southern States were in favor. Finally they compromised, and agreed that 5 slaves would be counted as 3 citizens.


Did William Paterson believe that slaves votes should count?

William Paterson believed that slaves could vote for taxes paid by state but only 3/5 of the slaves should be counted for determining but not for determining representation in the national legislature. :)


Why did the southern states want slaves to count toward their populations?

The Southerners wanted more representatives in the House of Representatives, so they wanted slaves to count as people in order to inflate their numbers. The Northerners argued that since slaves had no rights to elect those representatives, they should not be counted (in order to give Northerners more relative representation). This debate was what resulted in the Three-Fifths Compromise, wherein slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person.


Did the amount of slaves decrease or increase after the invention of the cotton gin?

The invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney in 1793 led to a major increase in the number of slaves in the United States. The first census in 1790 counted 697,897 slaves, but by 1810 that number had grown 1.2 million slaves and increase of about 70%!


How were the slaves treated in the US?

Slaves were not granted liberty in the U.S. Constitution. In fact, parts of the Constitution solidified their less-than-free position. The Constitution strengthened the power of slave states in several important respects. Through the Fugitive Clause, for example, governments of free states were required to help recapture runaway slaves who had escaped their masters' states. Equally disturbing was the three-fifths compromise, established for determining representation in the lower house of the legislature. Slave states wanted to have additional political power based on the number of human beings that they held as slaves. Delegates from free states wouldn't allow such a blatant manipulation of political principles, but the inhumane compromise that resulted meant counting enslaved persons as three-fifths of a free person for the sake of calculating the number of people a state could elect to the House of Representatives. The Constitution also allowed slaves to be imported into the United States until 1808.

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How was slaves treated in the constitution?

When determining representation by population, slaves were counted as 3/5ths of a person.


How did the US Constitution address the issue of how slaves would be counted for purposes of representation in the house of represntive?

Every 5 slaves woulde counted as three people


Number of slaves counted for representation?

3/5 in each state


Was slaves counted as part of the population for representation as property for taxation?

was slaves counted as people or property


How were the slaves originally counted for representation on what basis?

counted as 3/4 of person


What was the goal of the three fifths compromise?

The three-fifths compromise was necessary in order to gain the support of both the Northern and Southern states for how slaves would be counted for the purpose of apportioning representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Taxation was also affected by this apportionment but the main issue was representation. If slaves were counted as a whole person, the South would have a larger representation; if slaves didn't count at all, the North would have a larger representation. So to satisfy each side, the Constitution stated that slaves would be counted as 3/5ths of a person; a compromise between the two extremes.


Why was the Three-Fifths Comprimise necessary?

The three-fifths compromise was necessary in order to gain the support of both the Northern and Southern states for how slaves would be counted for the purpose of apportioning representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Taxation was also affected by this apportionment but the main issue was representation. If slaves were counted as a whole person, the South would have a larger representation; if slaves didn't count at all, the North would have a larger representation. So to satisfy each side, the Constitution stated that slaves would be counted as 3/5ths of a person; a compromise between the two extremes.


According to Article you Section 2 of the Constitution how were slaves to be counted when determining the number of congressional districts per state?

3/5 of the population of slaves were counted for each state


What solved the debate of whether or not slaves should be counted as representation?

The courts decided to keep the slaves


How were the slaves counted when determining representation in congress?

As 3/5ths of a person...


How were slaves counted to determine representation?

By the owners whipping them one by one


How were male slaves counted to determine representation in Congress?

as 3/5 of a man