The three-fifths ratio appeared in 1783 as an amendment to the Articles of Confederation to enhance the taxing power of the Continential Congress. In July, the government issued a resolution calling for a convention of States to address the their power limitations. No where in this resolution is the perpetuation of slavery is listed as a cause to amend the Articles of Confederation. The amendment also mentions nothing about perpetuating slavery or associates the ratio of three-fifths with slavery.
CLAIM: The compact entitled “Constitution of the Confederate States” leaves the legality of the institution of slavery to States which join the Confederacy. INVESTIGATOR: John Needham VERDICT REVIEW: ACCURATE: The claim is correct. There is no language in the compact entitled “The Final Constitution of the Confederate States” that delegates … Read More »