Slavery in the United States of America started when the United States a was still the British Colonies, with the people sharing the mindset of the British on slavery. As the colonies started to move away from Britain politically becoming more independent and its own nation so did the people’s views on slavery. Even though slavery was around after the British power had diminished in the new world. The Northern states were the first to starting moving away from slavery with the south only following after the Civil war.
On “November of 1775, Virginia's royal governor, John Murray, fourth earl of Dunmore,” issued a proclamation stating that any black persons to fight with the British would be granted freedom after the revolutionary war. The choice to fight with British or American troops crated animosity in both black and white families. This was possibly one of the starting issues with slavery and its proceeding debates. At the start of the revolutionary war Slavery was legal in the British colonies. After the war many Northern states outlawed slavery while Sothern states continued to practice slavery. At the Constitutional convention in 1787 delegates debated the issue of slavery this one of the first time the topic had been talked about in a large political setting. This discussion brought to light a large difference between Northern states whom were mostly opposed to slavery and Southern states that were committed to it. It was clear that the Constitution would not be without a compromise on this issue. Although the term slavery was not used in the constitution the agreement between the North and South was in regards to tax’s “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of...
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