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Is the U.S Constitution Pro-Slavery?

Posted On: Aug 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Tablet Magazine

Is the U.S Constitution Pro-Slavery?

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Several months ago a slender volume on slavery and the United States Constitution by my friend Sean Wilentz waded ashore in Massachusetts, courtesy of Harvard University Press, found a friendly reception at Harvard itself, fought its way inland, captured a lower hill at The New York Times Book Review , penetrated the swamplands of The Nation , came under withering attack from tanks and airships at The New York Review of Books , returned fire, came under further attack in the letters column, attracted allies, escaped into the hinterlands, and by now has a good prospect (if I judge the reviews correctly, and especially the outcome of the pitched battle at The New York Review , this past June) of planting its flag above the United States as a whole. It may take 20 years, but the result will be salutary.

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