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What was the main issue that led to the Great Compromise?

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nikkinh27 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM via web

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What was the main issue that led to the Great Compromise?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM (Answer #1)

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The main issue that led to the Great Compromise was the issue of representation.  The small states in the country thought that every state should have equal representation in the Congress.  They thought the states ought to be equal to one another.  The big states (this is in terms of population, not land area), thought that states should be represented based on the number of people living in the state.  They thought that states with more people should have more votes in Congress.  The Great Compromise solved this.  It said that big states would have more representatives in the House of Representatives but that all states would have equal representation in the Senate.

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