Slavery and the Constitution

Slavery and the Constitution - In the late 1700's during...

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In the late 1700’s, during the time of the Declaration of Independence signing, there was another issue that needed to be attended to as well. While most of the northern states abolished it, slavery was still strong in the south. Southern states relied on slavery for their cash flow. However, that was not the entire issue. The issue actually involved representation in government. At the time Thomas Jefferson made a statement of freedom and equality in America. This statement was coming from a man that owned over a hundred of the five hundred thousand plus slaves in America at the time. Jefferson was not the only slave owner that did not like slavery; George Washington was also among those who condemned slavery, calling it “repugnant”. The slaves made almost half of the population in the United States at the time, and that was a significant aspect of the coming future. The first form government of the United States of America consisted of the Articles of Confederation. The Articles gave the states the ability to vote concerning
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course HIST 2111 taught by Professor Roseman during the Spring '08 term at Reinhardt.

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