The three-fifths compromise was an agreement reached by state delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Under the compromise, each American slave would be counted as three-fifths of a person for tax and representation purposes. This agreement gave the southern states more electoral power than they would have had if the enslaved population had been completely ignored. Overall, the three-fifths compromise had negative effects on vulnerable populations such as slaves and indigenous peoples in the country. Black slavery may have been subdued instead of allowed to spread without it, and fewer indigenous peoples may have disrupted their way of life through policies of commemoration with tragic consequences. The three-fifths compromise allowed states to unite, but price-to-price was a damaging government policy that resonated for generations. .