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To: Dont Mention the War

"Finally, the College was a sop to Southerners, who were given credit for each slave at the rate of three-fifths of a free voter, magnifying the power of white property owners in Dixie."

Setting aside all else, isn't this factually in error? Wasn't in fact the 3/5 rule a method to REDUCE the representation by not counting slaves the same as freemen?


49 posted on 06/03/2004 8:42:01 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

It was a compromise. The North wanted zero, and the South wanted one. Three fifths was the compromise.


53 posted on 06/03/2004 8:43:36 PM PDT by Torie
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