Conflict Over Giving the Legislative Branch Power to Control Slavery
Another conflict was over giving the Legislative Branch power to control the slave trade in America.Another major compromise in the constitutional convention was known as the twenty years compromise. This compromise was made by Mr. James Madison. Others said it should be immediately dealt with. Mr. George Mason was quoted on this topic: “All men are by nature born equally free and independent.” This quote shows that Mason was among those who did not want slave trade to occur at all. George Washington weighed in on this topic when he said “I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.” As you can see, many wanted the Legislative branch to stop slave trade. On the other hand, those in the southern states wanted slave trade to stay untouched. Mr. Madison composed this compromise that stated that the legislative branch would have to leave slave trade untouched for twenty years, but then may impose taxes on the trade in 1808. His compromise ruled that these taxes were not to exceed ten dollars per slave.
Conflict & Compromise Over Slave Population        
In the convention, Madison was known to not talk much. He would pass his ideas on to Edmund Randolph, who presented most of his ideas. Could he have decided to present this compromise on his own to get credit for his work?