The anti-slavery Constitution

The anti-slavery Constitution
Frederick Douglass

[Ed. – The problem with the Left’s insistence that the nation was founded on the backs of slaves resides in the reality that they control public education. Eventually, this distorted view will become part of the official history of the nation.]

It’s become an article of faith on the left that America was founded by racists who wrote the Constitution in part to preserve slavery. Historian David Waldstreicher calls it “a proslavery constitution, in intention and effect.” Yale law professor Akhil Amar labels the Constitution “pro-slavery.” Author Ibram Kendi claims that the Framers “embraced Black inferiority” and “enshrined the power of slaveholders and racist ideas in the nation’s founding document.” And the New York Times’ “1619 Project” purports to “reframe” American history by positing not only that the United States was founded “as a slavocracy” but that “nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional” is the result of “slavery — and the anti-black racism it required.”

But the reality is more complex and, in some ways, more ennobling. …[T]he constitutional status of slavery was the subject of intense dispute in the decades before the Civil War.

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