Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification
The first constitution – the Articles of Confederation – had created the de facto basis of a central government in 1777, providing the foundation for the Continental Congress in the early phase of the Revolution. The federal government that resulted was relativ...more
A more detailed look at the role slavery played in the creation of the constitution, but a rather quick read. The book breaks down things into three sections: a look at how things exist under the Articles of Confederation and how slavery affects that; a discussion of the great compromises during the constitutional convention; and a look at the peoples response to those compromises during the ratification process.
While the book does a good job covering the major points of the argument that slaver...more