published in The Atlantic
We are all well-aware of the Constitution's three-fifths compromise: namely that in order to get the support of Southern States, the founders decided to count slaves as "three fifths" of a person when counting the population of a state - crucial when voting time came around. Danielle Allen's great-great-grandfather was a slave subject to this absurd rule, but she loves the Constitution nonetheless. How could this be?
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