States Rights, Slave Trading & Right Wing Hypocrisy "in 1787, when the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia, no American state except Georgia had yet reopened the African trade. Nevertheless, with the expectation of reopening the international slave trade, the delegates from the Deep South jealously guarded their right to import more slaves...the provision in Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution, which prevented Congress from ending the trade before 1808." Beck and right wingers here at USMB and other places have misrepresented and lied about the 'innocent' slave trade in Colonial America up to the Us Civil War. They tried to say it was Big Government and regulation that turned the Colonial/American slave trade from being in their words 'innocent' --- into the horror people pretend to be horrified by even as they wittingly or unwittingly defend it. After 1800, however, Georgia and South Carolina reopened their international slave trade, and in the next eight years, these two states would introduce about 100,000 new slaves from Africa. It's time for a history lesson minus the dry drunkard Beck and his angry white followers who would defend the slave trade as a way to attack big government.