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‘The U.S. Constitution  ‘A  Covenant with Death And an Agreement with Hell’

‘Yes!  It cannot be denied  — the slaveholding lords of the South prescribed, as a condition of their assent to the Constitution, three special provisions to secure the perpetuity of their dominion over their slaves.  The first was the immunity, for twenty years, of preserving the African slave trade; the second was the stipulation to surrender fugitive slaves – an engagement positively prohibited by the laws of God, delivered from Sinai; and thirdly, the exaction, fatal to the principles of popular representation, of a representation for slaves – for articles of merchandise, under the name of persons.   To call government thus constituted a democracy, is to insult the understanding of mankind.  It is doubly tainted with the infection of riches and slavery.  Its reciprocal operation upon the government of the nation is to establish an artificial majority in the slaves representation over that of the free people, in the American Congress, and thereby to make the PRESERVATION, PROPAGATION AND PERPETUATION OF SLAVERY THE VITAL AND ANIMATING SPIRIT OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.’  —  John Quincy Adams

                                                             (Liberator, Dec 13, 1850, pg 1)

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