Tara, Casey, Blake, Caleb, Eli, Carey, Kylie, and Mae.

Group Members and Roles
  • Mallory M: Speaker
  • Casey Ct: Debator
  • Tara Y: Photographer and Pamphlet
  • Eli A: Mailer
  • Caleb B: Video
  • Carly C: Facebook Page
  • Kylie V: Radio Spot
  • Blake S: Poster, Print Journalist

Group Slogan"It's too late to apologize. Let's compromise."

What Your Group Wants -- Plan for New ConstitutionThe Great Compromise-We want to compromise The New Jersey Plan and The Virginia Plan in order to help unify our great country so that we can create a strong government with fair representation for all states.
Bullet Points of Your Plan-We propose a bicameral Congress with a House of Representatives and a Senate.-In the House, there would be delegates sent depending on the population of the state.-In the Senate, each state would send an equal number of representatives.-Therefore we are compromising the two plans into one genius plan.
These men who have so bravely spoken their opinions before us clearly want the same thing as I do: a great America that represents every individual. “But different men often see the same subject in different lights” Patrick Henry so wisely claimed. I am afraid that the New Jersey Plan and The Virginia Plan lack a vital element. Though these plans are ingenious unto themselves, neither would work for this great nation without tearing us apart. And what we need now is unification. If we want to stay the “united” United States we need to represent all states, no matter how small or large, along with all citizens of this newly established country.
New Jersey, you propose that we send an equal number o f delegates from each state while Virginia, you propose that how many delegates a state sends depends on the population. Both of these plans presented today, though well thought out, would individually do more harm than good. Our country is young and vulnerable. We do not want to start with rampant instability from the get go. There has to be a better way. Well fortunately gentleman, there is. I offer a simple solution. Compromise. I propose we have a bicameral Congress, made up of the House of Representatives and Senate. In the House, each state would send a representative for every 30,000 residents and in the Senate, each state would send an equal number of delegates. Not only would this please both, the large states and smaller states, it would accurately represent every American citizen. Now I am not taking credit for these ideas. James Madison and William Patterson, both thoroughly intellectual and well regarded men, created these plans to better our nation. I simply combined them. This plan is a compromise. Compromise brings unity. Unity brings strength. And strength is why we are here today. We fought too long and too hard to jeopardize our natural rights over this minor squabble. We need a plan that brings us together. We need a plan that benefits every state. We need a plan that represents the people. As I stand before you today, in the midst of much loquacity, I believe we have found a better solution. For our country. For AMURICA.
Why Our Plan is Good:Our plan is the simplest solution of our age. It brings together our country while compromising the two other proposed ideas. Both sides get there way in order to avoid further squabbles. There are really no downsides to this plan.

Print Journalist:

As a full supporter of the Great Compromise, I can dutifully say that the Constitutional Convention ended in our favor. No argument was better thought out than that of our representatives. No word was spoken with more sagacity than from our representatives. No compromise was suggested than that of our opinions. The Great Compromise is one that involves a bicameral congress, voting that represents each individual, and not one of the plans of Virginia or New Jersey: but both. The opposing plans are well thought out, but wrong. The simple solution here is clearly compromise, and the Virginia and New Jersey plans both (when standing alone) inadequately represent the rights of the people.
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Now, not only is the Great Compromise the most obvious choice, it was the best argued, and the best supported at the Congress. Let’s take a look at the Virginia Plan’s method of getting the point across. Again, their views were well thought of; the Articles of Confederation did in fact fail, and there has been disunity among our states. However, the arguments posed about majority vote and ‘hope’ rising from their brilliant plan were weak, for a few reasons. Firstly, we should focus not on showing off our power to the world before we focus on the good of the people. Second, during the debate, a representative voiced, “we will never again be under a monarch” after talking about the installation of a 3 branched government thought of by Baron de Montesquieu. But this seems like a promise that cannot be kept. Not to say our country could fall under the power of a tyrant like King George again, but should the Virginia Plan really have the confidence to say their plan will cause ultimate stability? Lastly, there was a bit of a lack of professionalism among the representatives. On one occasion during the debate, paper was thrown from the Virginia side to the New Jersey side, in an attempt to throw off the opposing view. Should a child throw stones at another who stole his ‘claimed’ area in the sandbox?

To run off that topic of distraction, upon being flogged with crumpled paper, a representative of New Jersey said, “Well, at least this paper isn’t taxed.” Did he not have a point? The point was also made by New Jersey that we are all here for the same reason: to establish a government by the people, for the people. So yes, this plan was also formulated well, but the argument behind it was not persuasive. They did too much pointing of the finger; the blame game is a silly one to play at a Congressional meeting. Too often were the words, “unlike Virginia” and “Virginia is wrong”, said during this fight between opposing views. There could have been softer hearts and minds in this as well, as they argued much about Virginia’s plan being corruptible and were not completely open to a merging of ideas. The problem with these two plans is that neither could see past their pride to glance at the bigger picture: if you want unity so badly, try walking the talk and making a compromise!

Moving on to the Crispus Attucks Coalition and the Dixiecrats, their arguments were valid, yet not for this time. The way they disagreed was harmful for the unity we all claim to want. We cannot afford to discuss in passionate zeal the abolition of slavery. It is too explosive. It’s great that the Crispus group feels passionately about the abolition of slavery, but even then their views are a tad convoluted. Yes, it is fair to say one is not proud of owning slaves, but if that’s true, get rid of your slaves! Actions speak louder than words, and if you do not want to have to explain to your families why the world is unfair, do not expose them to it! During the debate a representative claimed, “Slavery is the work of the devil.” Is it really? So it was not the selfish ambitions of humanity or the ignorance of the rights of men? Although their plea is far-reaching and not incredibly likely, they did bring up some good points. One said during the fiery debate with the Dixiecrats, “You are blinded by the brightness of your skin.” Maybe the people who own slaves really are blinded by it. They are not free of charge for making a good point, though, for the Dixiecrats made one also. They voiced that we need slavery in order to maintain a quality of life. This may be true on some levels. We rely on agriculture in our societies and if we are not willing to do the work ourselves then who do we expect to do it?

The Dixiecrats also mentioned that our country is not prepared to turn working hands to the streets, for they would be treated worse on the streets than on plantations. But what about the points they made that were wrong? They said our countryside has been ripped apart an that we are in danger of “lurking hawks of foreign lands.” But should we be spending our time crying out in self-pity? To act in woe is not to prove stability as an independent country. The Dixiecrats also said during the debate that slavery is “good labor for a good price”, but is demeaning human beings really a good price? Is it really worth it? Maybe if our society had nothing to offer besides tobacco. But that is not what we have been trying to prove. We are not proving powerful and independent by practically putting on display what we rely on. That could open windows of vulnerability. It is also fair to point out that the revolution would not collapse if slavery moved to be abolished. There are plenty of able Americans looking for jobs that would keep us from going over the edge. The Dixiecrats did not present a ton of arguments, and repeated a lot of what they were getting across. Saying over and over that we are dependent on agriculture is not going to get the Crispus Attucks Coalition supporters to conform to your will. There needed to be a realization among the two that this is an invalid argument at this time. The gradual abolition of slavery could be of impact, but bringing it up at this time and trying to solve it all in one sitting is not bringing our country together. A New Jersey representative said, “Our name has become synonymous with life, liberty and freedom”, so let’s work to show that.

The great Compromise is clearly the best thought out and argued in this case and should be agreed with. Could the groups get anywhere without it? We were a voice of reason prompting conversation, leading them to unity that they all desired. We did not steal a plan, but combined two (giving full credit to each for their ideas). We did not speak in a biased manner or throw paper. We did not act in callow manners and present ideologies that lacked reality. Our country is too fragile to withstand these conflicts one after another. The Great Compromise is irrefragable. It’s too late to apologize, let’s compromise!

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