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Slavery was definitely in the Constitution

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I wish to answer Mr. Bulicek's question from Your Views "Why do liberals hate Fox News?" Mr. Bulicek states that he could only find the mention of slavery in the Constitution in the 13th Amendment.

The framers of the Constitution never used the word slave/s or slavery but the excerpts below are all about slavery.

Article 1 Section 2 (Slaves for purpose of congressional representation were counted as three fifths of a person.) "Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons."

Article I Section 9 ("Such Persons" meant slaves. Congress was prohibited from stopping slave trade until 1808.) "The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person."

Article IV Section 2 ("Person held to Service or Labour" meant indentured servants and slaves. Even if a slave escaped to a free state, it was the right of the owner to claim his property/slave and have same returned.) "No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due."

You may now return to watching Fox News.

Robert Honeywell


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