Jefferson appears to be against slavery
Jefferson claimed George III had "waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred right of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither"
"this was strange stuff, coming from a Virginian slave owner"-Reynolds (he acc freed them later)
"the idea that George III had forced the slave trade on Virginians was, of course, preposterous"
=> was in fact trying to justify slavery in a declaration
about the inalienable right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"
=> Congress cut the whole passage
-set a date for when Congress could outlaw the Atlantic slave trade
-had the "three-fifths clause" for Congressional representation
-provided for the return of fugitive slaves to owners
"wih these three provisions, the US constitution accepted slavery as a valid institution in the new nation, thereby inserting thefederal government into the role of regulating slavery"-Williams
But Williams says that constitution did positively contribute somewhat
abolitionists from then on drew on the language of justice and liberty in the consitution
"throughout the nineteenth century black and white abolitionists demanded the fulfilment of the promises of the founding documents"-Williams
Delegates from S Carolina + Georgia refuse to enter teh Union if it threatened slavery