Sean Wilentz - No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation's Founding

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Since a number of the nation’s founders were slave-holders, many historians have interpreted the Constitution as not merely tolerating slavery but positively enshrining it. In this revisionist account, Wilentz demonstrates that while proslavery interests influenced the framing of the Constitution, they were limited by anti-slavery arguments; some Southern delegates actively rejected seeing slaves solely as chattel property, and the document did not explicitly sanction “property in man.” But abiding slavery without legitimizing it, the Constitution offered support for both sides, and Wilentz, professor of history at Princeton and author of the award-winning The Rise of American Democracy, astutely traces the evolution of the nation’s debates on slavery from the 1770s to the 1850s.

 

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No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation's Founding (Nathan I. Huggins Lectures #18) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780674972223
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Published: Harvard University Press - January 1st, 2019

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