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In calculating representation in the House of Representatives, what is one reason slaves were counted as a partial person?I. The Founders did not believe that blacks should have the right to vote.II. To keep the South from holding a disproportionate amount of power in the House.III. To increase taxes slave-holding states had to pay to the Federal government.



A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. II and III
E. I and III
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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

Ii only-ii and iii. the south wanted more representation in the house and electoral college (both based on population), and therefore wanted slaves to be counted as a whole person. the north disagreed with this premise, worried that the southern states would then control the presidency and the house. however, the north wanted slaves to count for something, as federal taxes were also determined by population and the southern states would be required to pay more in taxes than the north. an agreement was reached that slaves would count as 3/5 a person - enough to give the south more political control without overpowering the north, but also giving the south higher federal taxes in return.
 

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