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How the Proslavery Constitution Led to the Civil War

35 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2013  

Paul Finkelman

University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; Albany Law School - Government Law Center

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This article explores the proslavery nature of the US Constitution and the ways in which that Constitution set the country on the road to the Civil War. The article points out that under the Constitution it was impossible to end slavery. Even to this day, in 2013, it would be impossible to amend the Constitution if all 15 of the slave states (or now former slave states) opposed the amendment. This article was first presented a symposium on the Constitution and the Civil War at Rutgers Camden Law School.

Keywords: Proslavery, US Constitution

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, How the Proslavery Constitution Led to the Civil War (2013). Rutgers Law Journal, Vol. 43, No. 3, p. 405, 2013; Albany Law School Research Paper No. 28 for 2012-2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2243060

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