By Chrissy the Hyphenated
I want to HIGHLY RECOMMEND the animated series “Liberty’s Kids” to one and all. They’re aimed at 8-14 year olds, but are SO well done, Dearest and I just love them. Netflix has them and we bought a set for Baby Buzz at Amazon.
We watched the last episode the other night, the one about the Constitution. Slavery was a recurring issue throughout the series, with one prominent character being a freed slave working for the Revolution while his slave brother fought for the British in hopes of winning his freedom. In the last episode, the freed slave and Ben Franklin talk about how devastatingly disappointing it was to have to allow slavery in order to get the Constitution passed at all.
I couldn’t help wondering if any of the fools who slam the founders have ever thought through what would have happened if the founders had NOT compromised. Maybe the intransigent “slavery or nothing” states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia would have chosen to found a separate, slave Southern United States, while the rest formed a Northern United States.
Isn’t it likely that this Southern nation would have expanded as much as possible, legalizing slavery everywhere?
How long would it have taken this slave nation to get around to outlawing slavery minus Abraham Lincoln’s determination to fight a war rather than allow the UNITED States to fail as a single nation?
To get a clue about this, I grabbed some highlights from the “Abolition of slavery timeline” at Wikipedia.
1777 Constitution of the Vermont Republic bans slavery. In 1791 Vermont became the fourteenth U.S. state, the first to prohibit slavery.
1783 Massachusetts court rules slavery illegal based on 1780 constitution. All slaves immediately freed.
1780 to 1804 The rest of the northern states slowly free slaves, starting with only the future children of slaves.
1808 United States bans the import and export of slaves.
1827 New York State frees all its slaves on July 4.
1820 United States bans slavery north of 36°30′.
1847 The last 100 or so slaves in Pennsylvania are finally freed.
1850 United States passes Fugitive Slave Law requiring escaped slaves be returned to their owners.
1862 Treaty between United States and Britain for the suppression of the slave trade (African Slave Trade Treaty Act).
1863 United States: Emancipation Proclamation declares those slaves in Confederate-controlled areas to be freed. Most slaves in “border states” are freed by state action; separate law frees the slaves in Washington, D.C.
1865 United States abolishes slavery with the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution; about 40,000 remaining slaves are affected.
1870 U.S. abolishes slavery in the Department of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia in 1867.
1873 Slavery abolished in Puerto Rico.
Now check out how long it took for slavery to end around the world and which countries held out the longest!
1910 China: Adult slaves are converted into hired labourers and the young are freed upon reaching age 25.
1912 Siam (Thailand) abolishes slavery.
1921 Nepal abolishes slavery.
1922 Morocco abolishes slavery.
1923 Afghanistan abolishes slavery.
1924 Iraq abolishes slavery.
1928 Iran abolishes slavery.
1936 Britain abolishes slavery in Northern Nigeria.
1942 Ethiopian Empire abolishes slavery.
And Lefties think the U.N. is so GREAT. 1948?!
1948 UN Article 4 of the Declaration of Human Rights bans slavery globally.
1952 Qatar abolishes slavery.
Another weird irony. Isn’t there some “Free Tibet from China” movement?
1959 Slavery in Tibet is abolished by China after the Dalai Lama flees.
1960 Niger abolishes slavery.
1962 Saudi Arabia abolishes slavery.
1962 Yemen abolishes slavery.
1963 United Arab Emirates abolishes slavery.
1970 Oman abolishes slavery.
I sometimes wonder why more American blacks aren’t GRATEFUL their ancestors got brought over here.
1970s A study finds domestic slavery by African elites is still widespread in rural areas.
1981 Mauritania abolishes slavery.
Today, slavery may be technically illegal everywhere in the world, but slavery continues to exist in many countries around the world, including our own.You think “sex slavery” is some kind of S&M game? Or that the illegals kept in sweat shops until they pay off their coyotes or their whatever-Chinese-human-traffickers are free?
Never mind the unborn, who USED to enjoy legal protection as humans, but are now officially Property, Not People according to the U.S., the U.N., and a bunch of other places.
While I’m ranting about stupid Leftists, let me also just repeat for those of you who have been in a coma … Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution wasn’t about the value the founders placed on black people.
“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.”
That 3/5ths thing was about anti-slave founders doing the best they could to prevent slave states from grabbing more power in the House of Representatives, where the number of Representatives and therefore of votes is based on population.
Anti-slavery delegates didn’t want to allow states to count slaves as citizens, since they couldn’t vote. Pro-slave delegates (the Pro-Choicers of their day) wanted slaves counted as equal to free citizens. The delegates were dead-locked until James Wilson and Roger Sherman came up with the three-fifths thing as a compromise both sides hated, but accepted to get the Constitution passed and the new nation started.
It would have been a very bad thing if the slave states had had even MORE votes in Congress than the 3/5ths compromise allowed them. For example, slave states wanted slavery legal in all new territories and states. If they’d had the extra votes, maybe they could’ve done it.
Anyway … IMHO, all the morons who rail against the founders would do well to learn a little of their own history … from say, sometime BEFORE the 1960s. I’d start them on Liberty’s Kids.