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Northern states opposed it, Southern States were in favor. Finally they compromised, and agreed that 5 slaves would be counted as 3 citizens.

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Q: What was the northern states viewpoint on counting slaves for the purpose of representation in Congress?
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How did the northern states feel about counting the slaves?

The northern states were smaller states so they were out numbered by the south where the most,political power was located. The idea to count the slaves was a compromise so that other things could get done. Often people have to compromise to get something they want and this is what happened.

Why did the northern states not want to count slaves?

The northern states didn't have slavery as the southern states did, and they were smaller. They were afraid that if slaves were counted as part of the population that would give the southern states an advantage when they were represented in Congress. In 1790 35% of the population in VA was slave, so that can make a difference in the balance of power between states.

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In debates leading up to the three fifths compromise, Northern states argued that?

Slaves should not be included when counting a states population to determine representation in congress. (APEX)

What Southern states felt that representation should be based on the number of?

Northern states felt that representation in Congress should be based on the number of free people. Southern states believed that representation should be based on total population, which included slaves.

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What was the compromise that dealt with the northern states' concern of southern states using slaves as part of the counted population thus influencing their representation in congress?

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What issue was at the heart of one of the compromises made between northern and southern states during the Constitutional Convention of 1787?

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Why did the southern states not want slaves counted as residents in their states?

Actually it would have been helpful to have each slave counted as a full person because that would have meant more representatives in Congress. It was the northern colonies that didn't want the slaves counted as whole person. The south all ready had the largest States and to add the slave population in would have made them very powerful. By 1860 there would be 6 million slaves in the south so counting them as 3/4ths of a person wasn't great, but better than counting them as a whole person.