The Pennsylvania Delegation and the Peculiar Institution: The Two Faces of the Keystone State
Albany Law School - Government Law Center
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 112, No. 1, January 1988
This article discusses the role of the Pennsylvania delegation to the constitutional convention and its role in the protection of slavery in the constitution itself. Professor Finkelman cites the example of Pennsylvania’s gradual emancipation statute as a critical compromise which led to the protection of slavery. While some in the delegation, like Gouverneur Morris, were staunch opponents of slavery, many of the compromises that they suggested became the very keys to the incorporation of the slavery related clauses.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23
Keywords: Pennsylvania delegation, constitutional convention, slavery
Date posted: August 13, 2009