Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson

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M.E. Sharpe, 1996 - History - 227 pages
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A study of the attitudes of the founding fathers toward slavery. This revised text examines the views of Thomas Jefferson reflected in his life and writings and those of other founders as expressed in sources such as the Constitution, the Constituional Convention and the Northwest Ordinance.
 

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Contents

Making a Covenant with Death Slavery and the Constitutional Convention
3
Slavery and the Northwest Ordinance 1787 A Study in Ambiguity
37
Evading the Ordinance The Persistence of Bondage in Indiana and Illinois
58
Implementing the Proslavery Constitution The Adoption of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1793
81
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Federalism
105
Treason Against the Hopes of the World Thomas Jefferson and Slavery
129
Thomas Jefferson Sally Hemings and Antislavery Historians and Myths
163
Notes
197
Bibliography
253
Index
267
About the Author
297
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