p5. Great Compromise

Allison, Lorrie, Aimee, Lauren, Anna, Sedona, Katie, Maddy, and Holly.

Group Members and Roles
  • Sedona P: Coordinator, physical poster, shirts (+ props)
  • Lauren P: Photographer & Cake-Pop baker
  • Anna C: Debater
  • Katie S: Facebook creator & Online Poster
  • Maddy C: Radio Mix-Master
  • Allison C: Print Journalist
  • Lorrie L: Pamphlet maker & Mailer
  • Aimee E: TV/commercial creator
  • Holly G: Speaker/Speech writer
(Please excuse how we look in the photo, it was sports day. . .)

Group Slogan
Guys! Be wise; choose the Great Compromise!

What Your Group Wants -- Plan for New ConstitutionAs the Great Compromise PAC (Connecticut Plan), we want strength and happiness as a whole, and we can achieve this goal by combining the New Jersey Plan and Virginia Plan. We wish to create a bicameral legislative government, Congress, containing the House of Representatives and the Senate; House of Reps appeasing Virginia and the Senate creating contentment among the people of New Jersey. We want the unity for our infant country, only found in compromise.

Bullet Points of Your Plan
  • Get both sides to quit arguing and grow up
  • Show them, (once they listen) that we have something they both want
  • Explain and clarify "Congress": House of Reps and Senate
  • Get everyone to join together, in unity for the sake of our new developing country
  • Eat cake pops

Orator: Text of Your Speech
Sons of liberty, brothers of independence, fellow Americans of the now united states- we have congregated on behalf of our newly birthed country, bonded and fused together by our passion for freedom. The freedom we bought by our flesh and blood, the freedom we harnessed and now prize. We have broken the chains of bondage, and we shall never be bound again, if we stand not as thirteen colonies, but as one nation in strength, justice, and unity.

None have forgotten the price of a new country, the issue that arose from our victory and their defeat, the political problem we face is one step closer to the radiant promise of our future, a future which is in our hands. We need to be well represented, in voting system that will be well balanced and beneficial to all. Thus, this system’s qualifications will need to meet not only our ideals, but the well-being and reputes of our neighbors. However, how can we rise while divided?

It has come down to one simple question: should there be proportional or equal representation among us? Should the larger states such as Virginia have the ratio of representatives mirror their populous? Should the smaller states such as New Jersey have equal representation although they have a lesser amount of civilians? Both plans have validation and can both be utilized as a steady, working government- but, is one viewpoint fair to the other? New Jersey must respect the difference in population, as
Virginia should consider equal rights towards all states no matter the size. Did we not just break away from Britain; one of the reasons being representational inequality? We fought together to become equal; we fought together for honor; we fought together for the ability to govern ourselves, and not to be constrained by the oppressing grasp of England. Shall we let all we fought for be in vain? We should not, no, we cannot knowingly retreat back to the ways we escaped from. We cannot forsake our morals. Therefore, the proposition I offer to you, gentlemen, can combine both ideals and create a compromise for the larger and smaller states alike.

Our government can be founded on the shoulders of Congress. This bicameral representation will combine the House of Representatives, where states will have the ability to represent their union based on their population; and the Senate, where two men within the larger numbers embody their state as a whole. Through this system, the controversial topics and decision making shall be discussed and voted by the two reps from each state, and then passed by the two-thirds majority.

Sirs, let us put this childlike selfishness aside. We rebelled, fought, and battled- let not what we accomplished disintegrate. We cannot let the blood shed by our brothers be in vain! We must join together and compromise; for the better future of America rests upon our shoulders, gentlemen. We are doubted by those whom we freed ourselves, Britain is waiting for us to fail and crawl back into the hands of monarchy. We cannot be divided! Together we shall stand as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all; let us be whom they look up to, as a republic, as a shining city atop a hill that cannot be hidden. Let us come together brothers! Let us be the United States of America! So, guys, be wise, choose the Great Compromise.

Print Journalist: Write Up of Convention Activity
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There was a great deal of commotion in room G-108 on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 as the Constitutional Convention took place.

The Constitutional Convention was a call for governmental reform. Six plans in all were proposed, representing the different views of the citizens in the united colonies. Representatives for the Virginia Plan, New Jersey Plan, Great Compromise, British Bloc, Crispus Attucks Coalition, and Dixiecrat Bloc were all present.

First to the stage was Carson Graves for the Virginia Plan. Graves advocates a bicameral legislature, with two houses based on population of the state.

“The Virginia Plan calls for a strong, central government divided into three branches that shares and connects each other’s powers so that no one branch can take it all,” Graves said.

Graves gave off an annoyed attitude as he talked about the Articles of Confederation and the fact that “Nothing gets done and our nation falls to its knees.”

Emmy Manset took the floor after Graves to interject with the New Jersey Plan.

In a very puerile manner, she stated, “I don’t need a teleprompter because I’m speaking from the heart.”

The New Jersey Plan is for equal representation of the states and three branches of Congress.

“Under this plan, true equality between the states, big or small, can finally be accomplished. Equality – meaning the state of being equal in status, rights, and opportunities,” Manset said.

Manset ended her speech by crying “Equal representation!”

Finally, after a plethora of “BOO’s” from the audience, a plan worth waiting for took place. Holly Guzman came forth to deliver a speech about the wondrous Great Compromise. This phantasmagoric proposal created a placid environment in the convention, forcing all eyes to the front of the room.

The Great Compromise, or Connecticut Compromise, seemed to be the best of both worlds. It took the New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plan and mixed them to create a bicameral legislative government containing a House of Representatives and a Senate. This caused pure elation to erupt from both sides. There were even as few “WHOO’s” from the audience.

The admirable adults in the room came up to the front to spell out the word “Compromise” with their shirts as Guzman said, “So, guys, be wise, choose the Great Compromise.”

Bridget Coonan represented the haughty British Bloc and called everyone in the audience “uneducated”, “selfish”, and small-minded, much to people’s displeasure.

“You claim to be 13 united colonies, but your lack of a central power does not allow this,” Coonan said.

The last speakers of the day were Liam Egan representing the Crispus Attucks Coalition and Hanna Rivera from the Dixiecrat Bloc. They contradicted each other, with Egan against slavery and Rivera for it.

“I am a slave-owner,” Egan said, “Slavery’s existence makes planting difficult without it. But do not think for a second that I am not disgusted and repulsed by this institution.”

This caused a member of the audience to scream “Hypocrite!”

Rivera said, “The clothes you wear, the food you eat, the tobacco you smoke, and the goods you buy are only possible because of the industry of the Negro.”

Causing an uproar of disgust from the crowd, Rivera claimed, “God sent us the African slave.”

This concluded the speech part of the Constitutional Convention. Next up was the debate between the advocates and debaters of all the different plans.

To begin, the Virginia and New Jersey Plan debate. The adults of the Great Compromise interjected the squabbling toddlers with wise words.

“Put your big boy panties on,” debater Anna Cogswell said as she held up a baby with a diaper on, representing the arguing plebeians.

Next, the Dixiecrats and Crispus Attucks’ team argued about slavery and come to the conclusion of the Three-Fifths Compromise in which 3/5 of the population of black slaves would be counted for representation.

Finally, a resolution was made* between the naïve Virginia and New Jersey Plans, and that was The Great Compromise.

It seems that these guys were wise, and they chose the Great Compromise.

*Cake pops were served on behalf of the kindly members of the Great Compromise. This did not affect the outcome of the Convention whatsoever.


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