Constitution Thursday – You Mean To Take Our Slaves


Gouverneur Morris

Gouverneur Morris

For some weeks, Gouverneur Morris of New York has been absent from the Convention. Now, at the lowest point of the proceedings, he arrives with a single purpose: to derail the 3/5th’s compromise. The tensions rise as the Slave States begin to believe that there are those, “within or without doors” who mean to take their slaves away. This will never be acceptable to the Slave States, and indeed, there is at least one non-Slave State that admits that it feels the same way.

The debate boils down to one simple thing, do we unite with slavery, or do we dissolve without it? Morris will attempt to force the latter, but like all others before him, he will fail.

When the dust settles, the Connecticut Compromise passes, and the Convention begins to move forward again.

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Posted on July 19, 2015, in News & Notes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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