No Prop­erty in Man Slav­ery and An­ti­slav­ery at the Na­tion’s Found­ing

The New York Review of Books - - News - Sean Wi­lentz

“Demon­strat­ing that the Con­sti­tu­tion both pro­tected slav­ery and left open the pos­si­bil­ity of an an­ti­slav­ery pol­i­tics, Wi­lentz’s care­ful and in­sight­ful anal­y­sis helps us un­der­stand how Amer­i­cans who hated slav­ery, such as Abra­ham Lin­coln and Fred­er­ick Dou­glass, could come to see the Con­sti­tu­tion as an ally in their strug­gle.” —Eric Foner, au­thor of The Fiery Trial: Abra­ham Lin­coln and Amer­i­can Slav­ery

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