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 Posted: Thu Sep 11th, 2008 10:53 pm
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  The Founding Fathers did not ignore the issue of slavery when they were writing the Constitution. But they could not resolve it. They had to make a number of compromises in order to get the southern delegates to approve the Constitution. These included the Enumeration Clause, the end of legalized importation of slaves in 1808, and the Fugitive Slave clause.

  The Founding Fathers were geniuses, but they could not resolve the issue. The seeds were sown for the problem to grow in the future, where more compromises would be needed to prevent the Union coming apart. Eventually, more than seventy years later, the expansion of the country brought sectional differences to a point where no compromises could be found.

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