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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 SLAVE TRADE COMPROMISE SUMMARY The Slave Trade Compromise resolved the controversial issue of Commerce relating to the Slave Trade that emerged at the Constitutional Convention. The South truly believed that their agriculture based economy would rapidly diminish without the work of slaves.The Southern states were South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia during this time.In 1787, approximately 90% of slaves lived in the South and accounted for about 30% of the southern population. There were many disputes over the proposals between the North and the South.One of the most popular and controversial disputes was over the issue of commerce relating to the Slave Trade. While the states in the North wanted Congress to have power to regulate commerce, the stubborn states in the South opposed this power because they feared Congress would use its authority to abolish slavery in the United States of America. Finally, a compromise was reached in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention. This compromise explained that Congress could not abolish the slave trade in America until 1808, but imported slaves could be taxed. THE COMPROMISE One cannot underestimate the importance of the Slave Trade Compromise.The issues of representation, apportionment, and slavery were threats to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The Significance of the Slave Trade Compromise was that: -The Slave Trade Compromise ensured the continuation of the Constitutional Convention -The Slave Trade Compromise was the first independent restraint on congressional powers -It was included in the United States Constitution -The Slave Trade Compromise was one of the Causes of the Civil War between the North and the South -The other major concession made at the Constitutional Convention was the Great Compromise, which related to the subject of representation of each state in Congress.
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