The 3/5 clause of the original constitution was an invention of the anti-slavery northern states. It was designed to limit the voting power of the pro-slavery south, thus negating their ability to pass legislation empowering the draconian institution of human bondage. It was also an incentive for south to emancipate those in bondage thus giving the free blackman full voting power.
So next time a mush head liberal claims this was a racist part of the constitution, you can explain to them why they are a mush head liberal and watch smoke come out their ears while their eyes spin circles in their shrunken little heads:-)
Join us tomorrow for another installment of mush head liberal education
It's true though. Southerners wanted to count slaves as "citizens" for the purpose of determining Representatives in Congress. But wanted the northern states to recognize their property rights in slaves.
Several northerner's made comments to the effect:
"OK, so southerners want to count their PROPERTY for determining Representatives in Congress. I want to count my PROPERTY too! I have tables and chairs and rifles and goats and pigs and lots of other PROPERTY I want to count for the purpose of determining Representatives."
Many northerners wants NO slaves counted for the purpose of determining Representatives, only free citizens!
So the 3/5ths Compromise, was a compromise that got the sourthern states to join the United States.
The two major slave state hold outs were Carolina (South & North were one then) and Georgia.