The Founders and Slavery: Little Ventured, Little Gained
University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; Albany Law School - Government Law Center
Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2001
In this article, Professor Finkelman refutes the original intent argument that it was the ultimate goal of the Founders to abolish slavery by creating a strong central government. Rather, Professor Finkelman argues that the Founders worked hard to protect slavery in the constitution and did virtually nothing to rein it in with the goal of a stronger national government at any cost. Professor Finkelman discusses the various places within the constitution that both directly and indirectly protected slavery and concludes that as a result, only war and bloodshed could purge the protections from the constitution.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Date posted: July 12, 2009