The Great Compromise


In order to resolve this issue, as well as other regional issues, a series of "Great Compromises" were reached. The most famous compromise resulted in a bicameral (two houses) Congress, in which the size of the House of Representatives is determined by the population of a state, while every state elects two representatives to the Senate. Additional compromises included outlawing the taxation of exports and the "Three-Fifths Compromise," in which five slaves were counted as three citizens in determining a state's representation.