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Lecture: Slavery at the Constitutional Convention

Time: 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM
Date: Monday, February 18
Location: Kennedy Auditorium, CLC 412

 Slavery at the Constitutional Convention: lecture by 


 Prof. Michael Zuckert

Dept. of Political Science

University of Notre Dame


Views about the role of slavery at the constitutional convention and in the original constitution divide between those who accept a Garrisonian view that the constitution was strongly pro-slavery and was so intentionally and Lincolnians, who see the constitution and the founders as essentially anti-slavery. I argue that neither is correct and that slavery in the constitution can only be understood in light of the broader intentions of its makers. The result is a view that neither lionizes nor demonizes the founders.


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