Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bachmann's slavery blunder: a quiz

Michele Bachmann has been going about the country claiming that the "Founding Fathers" of the United States abolished slavery during the founding era (1775-1788). This just shows that Michele Bachmann doesn't know the U.S. Constitution or U.S. History very well.

Not only did the Founding Fathers not abolish slavery, they wrote three important protections for slavery into the U.S Constitution. Can you name them?

The answers are in the comments section for this post--just click on the comments link to see the answers.

1 comment:

The Richmonder said...

The three protections for slavery written into the original text of the U.S. Constitution were:

1. The Enumeration Clause allowed slave states to count slaves as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of determining representation in Congress, which ensured that slave states would have the ability to block abolition legislation in the House of Representatives.

2. Article 1, Section 9 forbade Congress from banning the importation of slaves until 1808, which meant that for twenty more years slave states could import as many slaves as they wanted to.

3. The Fugitive Slave Clause required non-slave states to return escaped slaves to the slave states they had escaped from, forcing supposedly free states to enforce slavery in the slave states.