- Feb 11, 2017
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First, everything you said was wrong.You know how the lying propagandists love to claim that the Founders didn't acknowledge the humanity of the slaves, and counted them as only 3/5 of a person for the census?
Of course, the truth is that the anti-slavers knew that the slave owners wanted to use the numbers to increase their political power in the Congress, and the abolitionists knew that if they did, slavery would never be abolished. So....the 3/5 compromise to get the union formed.
"Just three years after ratification, in the census of 1790, the numbers were determined according to the Constitution proscription of “adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years…three-fifths of all other Persons.”
Rather than this representing racial animus, this compromise prevented the South from having the representation to always outvote the North on the issue of slavery.
In 1790, the slave population of South Carolina was 77% of the white population. By 1820, slaves outnumbered whites, 265,000 to 237,000, and by 1860, 412,000 to 291,000. Georgia and Virginia, similarly."
The south wanted to count 100% of the slaves, but give them 0% of the vote. One person pointed out, that the north should then count their horses and cows, since they too were property and not people.
The adding of 3/5ths to the souths voting power clearly gave the south the power to tie the far bigger north, when it came to slavery. The great and 3/5ths compromises were the two big bargains struck with the devil to build the union, and enshrine in the constitution the continuation of slavery.