Slavery and the United States Constitution
Slavery was an integral part of the development of America. It was an economic engine that fueled an early American economy. It was an evil exploitation of people that spawned a system of racism and exploitation that, to this day, remains woven into the fabric of American society. At the time of the framing of the United State Constitution, slavery was a challenge to the meaning of democracy in a country that was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Explore topics of how the “peculiar institution” of slavery influenced the shaping of American democracy.