Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Michael Zuckert on Slavery in the Constitution

Michael Zuckert, a professor of political science at Notre Dame, gave the annual Constitutional Day Walter Berns lecture at the American Enterprise Institute this year on the topic "Slavery and the Constitution: An immoral compromise?"   Arguing that if we see the Constitutional provisions regarding slavery as the Founders might have seen them, as opposed to how they look from a perspective informed by the Civil War and all the developments and events that led up to that conflict, we see that neither of the two main views - the "neo-Lincolnian" and the "neo-Garrisonian" - is correct.  Prof. Zuckert argues for a third view that he calls "neo-Madisonian".  For the details, watch and hear the lecture here.

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