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Slavery's constitution : from revolution to ratification

Author: David Waldstreicher
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Hill and Wang, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"All other persons: Who were they? They were not free men or women. They were not apprentices or indentured servants. They were not Indians who lived among whites and paid taxes, or those who did not. That left slaves. Three-fifths of the number of slaves in any state would count toward a state's number of congressmen, and three-fifths of them would have to pay when the Congress passed a direct tax. Africans and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Waldstreicher
ISBN: 9780809094530 0809094533
OCLC Number: 263984555
Description: [viii], 195 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue : Meaningful silences --
The Mansfieldian moment --
The great compromises of the Constitutional Convention --
Protesting and ratifying slavery's constitution --
Epilogue : Whose constitution? : toward civil war.
Responsibility: David Waldstreicher.

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Famously, the Constitution never mentions slavery. And yet of its eighty-four clauses, six are directly concerned with slaves and the interests of their owners. This book acknowledges the centrality  Read more...

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"Was the American Constitution as originally ratified a proslavery document? In this unflinching, deeply intelligent, and persuasive work, David Waldstreicher answers yes. Sure to spark interest and Read more...

 
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