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44069Re: Banning the Slave Trade

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  • Carl Williams
    Jul 21, 2007
      I am satisfied to learn that at such a late date Massachusetts even
      potentially had vested interests in slave trade.

      As far as the 3/5ths of a person, it is true that some people
      represent this incorrectly even today. You might see someone claim
      "African-Americans weren't even considered to be real people, only
      3/5ths of one." This reveals complete ignorance of the issue;
      hopefully one does not see that in a textbook, but it's the sort of
      thing you might see in a newspaper or advocated by an ignorant teacher
      or politician.

      And, yes, the subject got changed in a rather unsettling manner.
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