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Re: Desdemona and Emilia
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2212  Wednesday, 6 November 2002

From:           Hadd Judson <
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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.

Thank you,
Hadd Judson

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