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The American democracy is defined as a government for and by the people.   Therefore,  all elected officials who make up the body we call our government, are representing the desires  of the people.  For this reason, it is impossible to describe the United States government as  either pro-slavery or anti-slavery between the time period 1776 and 1863.  Although the  American system of democracy cannot identify the specific goals of an entire nation, we can  look at different events that have taken place over its history to define the major turning points in  the majority opinion of the government on the issues of slavery.  INTRODUCE THREE  POINTS… 1. Constitution- pro slavery a. At the time of the Constitution, the government was anti-slavery.  In the  nation’s first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, slavery was not  even mentioned.   b. John Jay, a supporter of the Constitution, wrote, “It is much to be wished 
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2009 for the course HIST 1530 taught by Professor Washington, m during the Fall '06 term at Cornell.

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