- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Walker Books (October 3, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780802715074
- ISBN-13: 978-0802715074
- ASIN: 0802715079
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. Rutledge was also able to wield a powerful weapon - the threat of a walkout, which nobody else in the convention was able to successfully utilize.
Overall, Goldstone has given us an interesting view of the Constitutional Convention and the men we know as the framers of the Constitution. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding a revisionist theory of the 1787 Convention and comparing it to what most of us were taught in school.