Right of expressive associations to discriminate in membership
lesl at UDEL.EDU
Mon Apr 17 17:32:11 PDT 2000
It has for a long time been my impression, confirmed ina variety of
sources, that both Jefferson and Madison sincerely , and once nearly
successfully, endeavored to persuade their state legislature to abolish
slavery. Yet Finkelman says they "favored and supported" it. Do i have
my facts wrong?
Paul Finkelman wrote:
> Indeed, to use West's terms, I would ask him what exactly does he think
> such founders as Madison, Jefferson, Mason, Henry, the Pinckneys,
> Pierce Butler, James Iredell, and even John Marshall, thought about
> "protecting freedom" and "the basic freedom of employers to hire the
> people they want" when in fact all of them favored and supported and
> participated in a system that denied freedom to most of their workers.
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