Originally Posted by BigRedChief
well we all have our faults. 3/5ths of a person sounded good at the time.
'Er...Jefferson wasn't at the original Constitutional Convention where that compromise was made. He was in France. He did write the Declaration though.
So which would you prefer? No Constitution at all, and slavery continuing anyway or a Constitution with the 3/5ths Compromise?
“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” — James Madison