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Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits and the Struggle for the Constitution Hardcover – October 13, 2005
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There is no question that the Constitution of the United States is indeed pro-slavery in its original text (exclusive of the Bill of Rights or any amendments), which is why Goldstone makes the argument (quite successfully, in fact) that John Rutledge of South Carolina was the father of the Constitution more than James Madison (the Philosophical leader of the framers) or Gouvernor Morris (the man who wrote the Constitution's text).
There are two major clauses in the Constitution that Goldstone points to as evidence that the document was formed by a Pro-Slavery group of men: The three-fifths compromise (for apportionment purposes, each Slave was counted as 0.6 free persons), and the fact that a 20 year extension of the International Slave Trade was granted by the framers. The three-fifths compromise, naturally, benefited the South above all others - the majority of the Slaves in the republic were in the Southern states (Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia). The extension of the Slave Trade was of benefit to the Carolinas (as they could import Slaves for less cost than purchasing Slaves from Virginia, for example) and the northern Merchants, who were earning vast profits by transporting this human cargo from Africa to North America.
Goldstone calls John Rutledge "Dictator John" because he was able to wrangle compromises out of people that benefited him while giving up very little or nothing of substance.Read more ›
The greatest conflict that had to be settled concerned the legislative branch. The problem was that southern states were large if slaves were included in the head count, and they were small otherwise, and much of _Dark Bargain_ has to do with the wrangling over this issue. The members of the Convention tried various power-plays, some of which threatened to bring the Convention to a halt, as they jockeyed to get their states and regions more power in the eventual government.Read more ›
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I had no idea how much slavery impacted the creation of the Constitution and what the founding fathers battled through to produce the document that became the foundation for... Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by Jim Altfeld
While I found the book interesting, well written, and informative, I felt it missed the point of the title i.e. Slavery & Profits...the "Dark Bargin". Read morePublished on May 19, 2011 by Ukulele Larry
Got here on time for class and was a lot cheaper than the fsu bookstore!! Turned around and sold it back to the school and made a profit!!Published on September 15, 2010 by Holly
Unfortunately "Dark Bargain Slavery, Profits ...etc" is flawed because of; either, a lack of knowledge about the true history of slavery in North America, or the conventionally... Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by Jeff Mobley