Category Archives: The 3/5s Clause
OLIGARCHY: AN AMERICAN FEAR DURING SECESSION WINTER – PART 1
THE WASHINGTON PEACE CONFERENCE’S PROPOSED 13TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
February 1861. With seven States having left the Union, a war between the States inched closer. Americans on both sides accused the other of ‘oligarchy’. In a last effort to preserve peace, the General Assembly of Virginia, issued an invitation. It requested all the remaining States in the Union to … Read More »
THE CRITTENDEN COMPROMISE
WHAT DID CONFEDERATE VICE PRESIDENT STEPHENS SAY ABOUT THE “OLD CONSTITUTION” DURING THE SECESSION WINTER?
FACT CHECK: IF SLAVES PLAYED INTO THE CALCULATION OF A STATE’S FEDERAL CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION PER ARTICLE 1, SECTION 2, CLAUSE 3 OF THE COMPACT ENTITLED “THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES”, DIDN’T STATES, WHERE THE INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY WAS LEGAL TO PRACTICE, HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEFEND IT? YES. THEY DID.
FACT CHECK: SLAVES PLAYED INTO THE CALCULATION OF A STATE’S FEDERAL CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION UNTIL 13TH AMENDMENT
FACT CHECK: ARTICLE 1, SECTION 2, CLAUSE 3 OF THE FINAL CONSTITUTION OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA PROTECTS SLAVERY
FACT CHECK: DID THE STATES HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEFEND THEIR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION BEFORE THE WAR OF 1861? YES, THEY DID.
Yes. Congressional Congressmen made their legal argument through Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 of the compact entitled “The Constitution of the United States”. Slavery was tied to State representation in the US House of Representatives. Remove slavery and States lose representation and therefore the power to affect legislation.