Having the three fifths compromise was a good idea when it was introduced in 1787 because it targeted slavery. Slavery was a big issue early in the American history. Freedom was an important issue to the people who had founded the country but still slavery was legal. Everybody was against slavery but it was important to southern United States, and to abolish it could easily make the nation fall apart before it had a chance to grow. Many did not consider slaves to be a citizens some southerners wanted the congressional representation so it would allow slaves to be counted as citizens. There for the Three-Fifths Compromise was introduced for the North and South.