Episode 10, Season 1
Constitutional historian Paul Finkelman explains the deeply racist bargains the founding fathers struck in order to unify the country under one document and discusses what students need to know about how slavery defined America after the Revolution.
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Resources and Readings
- Teaching Hard History, Episode 11: Slavery in the Supreme Court (podcast)
- Learning for Justice, Human Rights and the Constitution
- Learning for Justice, U.S. Constitution: Articles I, IV, V
- Learning for Justice, Preamble to the US Constitution
- Learning for Justice, Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution
- Learning for Justice, Exploring American Identity through the Constitution
Dr. Paul Finkelman
- President, Gratz College
- An Imperfect Union: Slavery, Federalism, and Comity
- Editor, Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass
- Editor, Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present
- Editor, Congress and the Crisis of the 1850s
- Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt
- United States of America, Declaration of Independence
- France, The Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789)
- Pennsylvania, An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery (1780)
- Massachusetts, Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1980)
- U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 2: Three-Fifths Clause (1788)
- U.S. Congress, Fugitive Slave Act of 1793
- The Compromise of 1850, The Fugitive Slave Act
- The Slave Trade and the Constitution, Article I, Section 9: Migration and Importation Clause
- Teaching American History, U.S. Constitution: Article IV, Section 2I: Fugitive Slave Clause
- U.S. Supreme Court, Prigg v. Pennsylvania (1842)
- Asa J. Davis, The George Latimer Case: A Benchmark in the Struggle for Freedom
- Learning for Justice, Lesson, Nat Turner
- Learning for Justice, John Brown's Speech to the Court at His Trial