Friday, March 13, 2015

"All Men Are Created Equal"

The Constitution allowed slavery to continue even though the Declaration of Independence claimed that “all men are created equal” because by all men, they meant whites. The darker-skinned were considered and treated as properties, and used them for everything that the whites didn’t do. As Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, which was the nation’s most treasured symbol of liberty, many people yet disagreed with his view of slaves. When the Constitution permitted slavery to continue, it was because they didn’t even look at slaves as people, but instead as objects, and properties mentioned above. If they did stop slavery, the Southern states would have economic problems due to the fact that they used a lot of slaves. However, later on, the Constitution recognized and protected slavery, and without these plans, the southern part wouldn’t support the new Constitution. The Provisions made southern states to count slaves as 3/5 persons in Congress (even though the slaves couldn’t vote), and prohibited the importation of slaves.

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