Period 3 Dream Team and Their Roles
  • Nick A: Orator.
  • Norint T: Pamphleteer.
  • Jeff L: Radio PSA.
  • Michael M: TV PSA & Print Journalist.
  • Emily S: Photographer & Poster Maker.
  • Ian B: Mailer Man
  • Frankie R: Facebooker.
  • Hunter G: Master Debater.

Group Slogan


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  • Slavery is the foundation of our economy, so we need to hold onto slavery for our country to flourish!!!

Bullet Points of Your Plan
  • 3/5 Compromise
  • We want to keep our country united, and we could only do so if we are allowed to own slaves otherwise we would break away from our country
  • 2/3 majority to pass the taxation of slaves

Orator: Text of Your Speech

Good afternoon, fine sirs. We are gathered here today to chart the course for the future of our fine nation. For some, that course includes charging head-first into economic depression. These heathens claim to be “humanitarians” that wish to “free” the “slaves.” But there lies a far more sinister truth. I'd say that these individuals are Loyalists, traitors! Men who wish to prevent our fledgeling nation from unfurling its wings upon its first jump from the nest. They want to see our blood, sweat, and tears shed for independence, result in a plunge into the chasm of fallen nations. But I have a different vision! I intend for our union to spread its wings and soar like a magnificent bald eagle into the heavens!

Our nation's success is dependent on the success of its economy. Our southern economy is dependent on plantations. Our plantations are dependent on slave labor. Those who wish to abolish our workforce, wish to abolish our economy! It is mad to think, but these people do exist. There are those who instead of abolishing slaves, wish to tax their importation. You may think this is reasonable; it seems to be so. But that's how it starts. Once they meddle with the way we run our business, they have precedent to keep on meddling. The next logical progression would be to abolish slavery, which they claim not to be doing. With such a sinister agenda, who knows what they will do next? One small change after another, little by little, before you know it: an oppressive totalitarian force is dictating your every action. In our constitution we need protection from these political terrorists. This is why I urge you to implant a clause that would expressly forbid the abolition of slavery, and taxation of their import.

On the subject of trade, I believe a two-thirds majority should be required to enact any sort of limit or tax on trade. This would make it much harder for any political terrorists with a similar agenda to succeed in shutting down our economy. Otherwise, it would take just half of the delegates to fall for their master-crafted rhetoric and propaganda to launch this country into turmoil. Just think about the damage they could do, scaring delegates into placing an embargo on foreign trade, crippling foreign relations. Placing taxes on imports that could cripple the economies of certain states. Who could stand for such behavior? A two-thirds majority would make it substantially more difficult for ill-willed parties to make us self-destruct. Any change in trade should be made by a clear majority, brought about with the proper representation.

Representation, which brings me to my final point. In the south we don't have any fancy, populous, urban sprawl. Our population is much less dense than that of the city-folk. We have plantations; large, open agricultural fields run by a single family, that hold a formidable economic bearing. To be fairly represented in the institution of congress, I request that for purposes of representation each member of our workforce be considered three-fifths of a person. This is to compensate for the sparse population of southern plantation states, which hold just as large and important impact on the American economy as urban states. They act as placeholders for what humans would be there, had the nature of the population of our states been different. This is not only a fair and just way to even the influence of the southern states, it also serves as a useful tool to protect ourselves from the terrorists who wish to do harm to this fine nation.

I do not stand with anyone who wishes our nation ill. I do not stand to see our country crumble. I do not stand with terrorists who wish to emancipate our livelihood. I do not stand to have our union deliberately dismantled. I stand to see our nation thrive. I stand for our democracy. I stand to be fairly represented, just like everyone else. I stand to keep trade free and open. I stand to prevent the taxation of slave imports. I stand to outlaw the abolition of slavery. Hear the whip crack, enslave the blacks.


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Print Journalist: Write Up of Convention Activity
This Tuesday delegates gathered in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention to formulate a new Constitution for The United States. The Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, the Great Compromise, the Crispus Attucks Coalition, and The Dixiecrat Bloc were all present to voice their opinions. Several moments defined the course of the day, including various important points from speeches and the debate.

The Virginia Plan spoke first about their plans for a stable central government with a representation vote based on population. Fighting for the point that all men are created equal and deserve equivalent representation, they stated that we should “drink the sweet wine of Democracy”. Next to speak were the idealistic people of the New Jersey Plan, going against a populous vote and asking for an equal vote between different states, big or small. Both sides pushed the point that we should not become similar to Great Britain, and that three branches of government would be a proper way to divide power in the country. Upon hearing such contrasting ideas, (and seeing much paper thrown at opposing delegates) the Great Compromise proved to have better ideas than both the Virginian and New Jersey plans. They wanted to find a common ground and try to please everyone to a certain extent stating, “there is an alternative” for our disagreements. However, soon after a delegate from the Crispus Attucks Coalition stepped up to present yet another controversial topic: Slavery. Often using the same humanitarian points of “rebellion”, “equality”, and “hypocritical supporters”, the Crispus Attucks Coalition seemed to gain a liking of only half the crowd. Upon being stuck by a barrage of paper, the delegate continued to speak her opinion in favor of freedom for the African laborers. The Dixiecrat Bloc was soon to respond with high energy and fervor in their favor towards the topic. Using a very strong bird metaphor, Mr. Pinckiny stated that The Crispus Attucks Coalition were, “Men who wish to prevent our fledgling nation from unfurling its wings upon its first jump from the nest”. Seeming to evoke much emotion from the crowd, the orator began to speak of his party’s ideas, including that of a 3/5ths slave vote in congress and the federal control on trade. Wrapping up the speeches, the Dixiecrat Bloc delivered strong points, which left much open for discussion in the debate.

The battle between representations was a steaming plate to be first served on the debate table. The Virginia plan kicked off the discussion stating that if the majority of individual people vote against an issue than the opposition “deserves to lose”. New Jersey was quick to retort saying that they would have little say and “lose every time”. Along with quickly threatening to withdraw from the nation having no voice in congress. Virginia responded to the threat harshly, offering to tax heavily on the state and saying they can “go die” from a lack of food or supplies. All the while, the Great Compromise was avidly attempting to bring together both plans, offering solutions such as a two-house legislation so that “Each person gets a part of their plan”.

Back into the slavery debate, the Dixiecrats and Crispus Attucks were next to state their opinions. First to speak, the humanitarian Crispus Attucks stated that slavery was the “curse of Heaven”, and that “God himself condemns it”. The Dixiecrat delegate responded and stated, “our economy will tank” with the freedom of our laborers. Other important issues were brought up by the Crispus Attucks Coalition about slavery housing, the justification of whips, and slavery’s effect on children. The Southern delegate was able to respond with a calm attitude, implying that this is not extremely important of an issue to debate about at the time and period. Finally, the end of the debate was sparked with the question whether slavery would divide us, or keep our economy strong. The Crispus Attucks ended with a cooking reference about “putting it on the backburner would cause it to boil over”.

After a long, hot, and heated day in the convention, a national consensus was decided and a new Constitution was conceived! Thanks to every opinion and point, the delegates couldn’t have been more forward thinking and positive for our grand nation to succeed. This new Constitution should prove to be better than the last attempt, and furthermore, should unite America as a whole.


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