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 Posted: Tue Apr 17th, 2012 01:41 am
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ebg, perhaps we misunderstand each other. I would be the last person to suggest that the founding fathers were gods and I'm not sure where you got that from my post. I was under the impression that you wanted to know why the vast majority of mid-nineteenth century Americans accepted the constitutionality of slavery. Perhaps I was incorrect in understanding your question? Can you clarify what you mean by "nor are we dictated to substitute the idealism of the constitution for the teaching of our morality..." I really have no idea what you mean. Since you asked about Dred Scott, three justices disagreed, and they dissented either on Taney's interpretation of Article IV, Section III or his insistence that black men could NEVER enter the body politic. They did not question the legality of slavery where it already existed. On abolitionists, there were two wings of the movement: one did attempt to work with in the system, as you put it. These formed the Liberty party and later became a constituent group within the larger Republican party. The other wing of the abolitionists insisted that they could not work within the system because the Constitution itself was the problem. As too your last point, perhaps you are confusing the slave trade with slavery itself? By 1800, slavery could exist without influxes of slaves from outside the United States. Hope that clarifies things for you.
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Mark

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