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Constitutional Convention

Explain the delicacy of the issue of slavery for the men at the Constitutional Convention, examine the manner in which they dealt with the matter.

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An argument could be made based on the historical record that the South had wanted to secede from the Union as far back as 1787. Although there were inequities in state representation the North believed that the South should not consider slaves as representative populations since they did not give them rights guaranteed under the Constitution and could adjust those numbers by the mere importation of more slaves.

The argument for secession or separation from the Union was one which had been in debate since1798 and almost became a reality during the nullification crisis of 1828. Both issues were based in the idea of state's rights; however, the catalyst in 1828 was imposed tariffs by the Federal Government (Barnwell, 198 p 32-53).

South Carolina was a leading proponent of secession based on state's rights and this lead to a strong pro slavery stance. South Carolina as with many other Southern States had a growing paranoia regarding the power of the federal government as Northern representation within the government increased as new states were admitted. This assertion can be supported by the three-fifths compromise. The three-fifths compromise gave southern slave owners representation by considering the slave population to be three-fifths of any states population for purposes of representation. This proposal was enacted in 1787 and had impact on appointment of representatives as well as taxes. (Kromkowski 2006 p6). One can easily see the irony in using a segment of the population (Africans) which had no ...

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An argument could be made based on the historical record that the South had wanted to secede from the Union as far back as 1787. Although there were inequities in state representation the North believed that the South should not consider slaves as representative populations since they did not give them rights guaranteed under the Constitution and could adjust those numbers by the mere importation of more slaves.

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