Dark bargain : slavery, profits, and the struggle for the Constitution / Lawrence Goldstone.
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- New York : Walker & Co. : Distributed by Holtzbrinck, 2005.
xiv, 234 pages : 25 cm
- United States. Constitutional Convention (1787) -- History.
Constitutional history -- United States.
Slavery -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1789.
Constitutional Convention (United States : 1787)
Politics and government
Slavery -- Law and legislation.
USA -- Verfassung (1787)
- Reveals the compromises made by men both driven and repelled by slavery and the needs of the slave economy that were made by the men creating the American Constitution.
On September 17, 1787, at the State House in Philadelphia, thirty-nine men from twelve states signed America's Constitution after months of often bitter debate. They created a magnificent, enduring document, even though most of the delegates were driven more by pragmatic, regional interests than by idealistic vision. Many were meeting for the first time, others after years of contention, and the inevitable clash of personalities would be as intense as the advocacy of ideas or ideals. No issue was of greater concern to the delegates than that of slavery: it resounded through debates on the definition of treason, the disposition of the rich lands west of the Alleghenies, the admission of new states, representation and taxation, the need for a national census, and the very makeup of the legislative and executive branches of the new government. As Lawrence Goldstone provocatively makes clear in Dark Bargain, "to a significant and disquieting degree, America's most sacred document was molded and shaped by the most notorious institution in its history."--Jacket flap.
- Prologue : Fulcrum
Part one : Reluctant nation. Devil in the mist
Reluctant nation : the Articles of Confederation
Rabble in black and white : insurrection
Taming the West : the Ohio Company of Virginia
Part two : Four architects. Sorcerer's apprentice : Virginia and the Upper South
Gold in the swamps : South Carolina, rice, and the Lower South
The value of a dollar : Connecticut
Part three : Supreme law of the land. Philadelphia : the convention begins
June : the Colloquium
Slavery by the numbers : the mathematics of legislative control
Sixty percent of a human being
Balancing act : two great compromises
Not a king, but what?
Dark bargains : the slave trade and other commerce
Closing the deal : September
Supreme law of the land.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-218) and index.
- Penn Provenance:
- Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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