Author: Allen C. Guelzo (Allen C. Guelzo)

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How Slavery Is and Isn’t in the Constitution

There was an opportunity in 1787 to have torn up slavery by its roots, and that opportunity was missed. But the missing came as much through overconfidence that the march of opinion would wipe out slavery on its own, and as much through the miscalculations of political compromise, as through any conscious policy to foster or promote slavery.