Is the Constitution Pro-Slavery?

No.  Some people may think that the 3/5 Clause is pro-slavery but it really isn’t, in fact, it is just the opposite.  It is an anti-slavery clause to prevent those that were pro-slavery from having too much power.  The Constitution says that you need 30,000 people per representative.  Some wanted to count slaves, that they considered as property.  The argument back was if you want to count them let them be free and vote but if you consider them as property then they shouldn’t be counted at all.  The compromise turned out to be the 3/5 Clause, which said you needed 50,000 slaves to gain an extra representative instead of 30,000.   For more information about this go to and the book American History in Black and White pages 9-13.

Published in: on July 3, 2010 at 11:54 am  Leave a Comment  

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