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Which agreement was met on how to count slaves during the constitutional convention?

Answer

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06/17/2008

It was the three fifths compromise which was hardly an agreement and more of a let's agree to disagree in a constitutional sort of way. It is never good, nor is anything ever accomplished by agreeing to disagree. It is always better to agree to agree. The three fifths compromise is a shameful mistake that has forever soiled our Constitution. The compromise actually addresses the matter of enumeration of census laid out in the Constitution in regards to electing Representatives to Congress. Slaves were counted as three fifths of a person so that slave states could have more representation than they would with out such a stupid compromise. This compromise was so stupid it only postponed the war they were trying to avoid and turned it into a civil war whereby the sitting president suspended the writ of Habeas Corpus and sacrificed states rights in order to keep a union together, whereby Congress passed stupid legislation in the form of the 14th and 15th Amendment which are wholly unnecessary since the 13th Amendment rendered the whole stupid three fifths fiasco moot. For a bunch of wise old men who ardently believed we are all capable of governing ourselves the whole thing was pretty ridiculous and...well, stupid.