Slavery and the Constitution


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Slavery and the Constitution
In his 1775 pamphlet on the situation in the American colonies, Taxation no Tyranny, the English writer Samuel Johnson (1913) noted a striking anomaly in the colonists' campaign for freedom from British rule: " is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?" The existence of a very considerable population of slaves in the thirteen colonies, nearly twenty per cent of the entire population (Mount, 2010), seemed at best extremely odd. How had they come to be exempt from the "self-evident truth" that all should be free?
Many of the Founding Fathers were aware of the contra-diction between the rhetoric of universal freedom and the reality of African slavery. Benjamin Franklin,...
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Mount, S. (2010, May 20). Constitutional topic: Slavery. Retrieved from http://www.
Steward, R. (2002). The history of the cotton gin. Retrieved from cottongin_rciv.htm