The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2212 Wednesday, 6 November 2002
Date: Tuesday, 5 Nov 2002 14:24:28 -0500
Subject: 13.2198 Re: Desdemona and Emilia
Comment: Re: SHK 13.2198 Re: Desdemona and Emilia
Dear Larry Weiss,
>I do not follow this point.
>Slavery is not mentioned in the Bill of Rights. In fact, it is not
>mentioned as such at all until the Thirteenth Amendment, adopted in
>1865, which abolished slavery. There are, however, provisions in
>Article I regarding the calculation of taxes and the allocation of
>Congressional seats which refer obliquely to slaves (the "Three Fifths
>Compromise") as well as a prohibition against Congress legislating
>against the "Importation of ... Persons" until at least 1808. There is
>also a provision is Article IV requiring each state to return any
>fugitive "held to Service or Labour" in another state.
>The word "democracy" appears no where in the U.S. Constitution.<
>The word "freedom" appears only once: in the First Amendment's
>provision that Congress may not make a law "abridging the freedom of
>speech, or of the press."
Exactly, that was the point of my statement. That it is not mentioned
but readers will interpret the document that way.
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