The founding fathers and the constitution by the time of the constitutional convention in 1787 slavery in the united states was a grim reality in the census of 1790 there were slaves counted in nearly every state with only massachusetts and the districts of vermont and maine being the only exceptions. Answering the question what does the constitution say about slavery is a little tricky because the words slave or slavery were not used in the original constitution and the word slavery is very hard to find even in the current constitution. The constitution and slavery we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 383 iui laver a i unit 7 slavery and the constitution lesson objectives when you complete lesson 19 you will be able to o understand that the term slave or slavery is not in the . The court found that the modest inconvenience and speculative loss of property value to black residents was insufficient either to be considered a badge of slavery protected against by the thirteenth amendment or a violation of the 1866 civil rights act enacted under the power granted to congress by section 2 of the amendment
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