As the first couple of weeks of the Convention drone on, the debates become very heated. Perhaps best described as “frank, bordering on direct.” The small States, led by New Jersey’s Attorney General William Paterson, attack the idea of proportional representation as destructive to them.
It is now that we discover that the great debates of our time, are the same debates of the Convention. Is it to be “One Man=One Vote?” Or will each State have equal representation in the proposed government?
When it seems that there is an impasse, it is James Wilson of Pennsylvania, along with South Carolina’s Pickney and Rutledge, who hammer out the compromise which so many have proclaimed a “Faustian Bargain,” the 3/5th’s Compromise.