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From the Blog: The Constitutional Convention: The Slave Trade Debates

Mon, 25 Aug 2014

By ConSource Staff

The issues of the slave trade and import taxation were among the most divisive of the Convention, separating the delegates by region.[i]  Delegates from South Carolina and Georgia were insistent that their states would never ratify a constitution that abolished the slave trade or placed burdensome tax disincentives on it.[ii] 

On August 6, the Committee of Detail delivered their report, Section four of which stated,

No tax or duty shall be laid by the Legislature…on the migration or importation of such persons as the several States shall think proper to admit; nor shall such ...

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