AFPRL response paper 8 - AFPRL 100\/01 Prof C Wambu Unit 3 Paul Finkelman The Root of the Problem How the Pro-Slavery Constitution Shaped American Race

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AFPRL 100/01 Prof. C. Wambu Unit 3- Paul Finkelman: The Root of the Problem. How the Pro-Slavery Constitution Shaped American Race Relations: 4 Barry Law Review: Fall 2003 This article that we read, “The Root of the Problem: How the Pro-Slavery Constitution Shaped American Race Relations,” took a different approach to describe the Constitution- one that Frederick Douglass would not agree with. In his article, Finkelman analyses the constitution to be pro-slavery; he argues that prior to the 13 th Amendment, the Constitution indirectly protected slavery to preserve the southern economy and racial control. He also states that the Constitution purposely left some parts unclear so that it could not be challenged later on when slavery continued. After reading some of the points he made in his article, I can start to see why he had a completely different view of the Constitution than Frederick Douglass did. Finkelman strongly felt that the Constitution protected slavery because it was a powerful economic institution. During the late 1700’s, the value of slaves exceeded ay
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  • Spring '14
  • Allen,James
  • Slavery in the United States, Abolitionism, American race relations, Paul Finkelman, Shaped American Race

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