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Reply to "Who knows the real story behind 3/5 man legistlation?"

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Originally posted by sergeant:


BUT, you have framed this fact in a negative way, using the term 'worse', which is ass- backwards in my view. Thats miscomprehension.



But that certainly was not the "WORSE" thing that would have happened. You are wrong on that, unless:

They got to only count 3/5ths of the added representation they otherwise would have counted, is that not correct Vox?? Are you saying it would have been better to have %100 representation for each slave for the south??? You would WANT the South to have prevailed and gained MORE power???


No, fool, it's you who's miscomprehending. I'm saying I would prefer us to have been counted as ZERO, so that southern whites would not get the benefit of any of our numbers. The fact that we were counted as 3/5 is worse than being counted at all. I don't understand how you could have gleaned the opposite from my post. You're accusing me of preferring us to have been counted 100%. That's false. I clearly state that we should have been counted as ZERO. I'll quote my post here, for your convenience. Ask your teacher for some extra help in reading comprehension, and use the following to study off of:

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Anti-slavery advocates ... correctly argued that a slave should count as zero. They compromised and for some reason settled on the 3/5 number. So the south could count 60% of the slave population and add it to the free total, which enabled them to get extra seats in the House that they didn't deserve. Sergeant is trying to criticize those of us who decry the 3/5 number as being ignorant. If so, what Sarge fails to realize is that the real story, as detailed above, is even worse: they actually got to count us toward added representation for themselves, knowing full well that we would be denied any of the benefits of that representation.




What I said the real 3/5 story was worse than was the idea that it was somehow unjust, or immoral, for us to be counted as 3/5 than as 100%. For the purpose of congressional apportionment, it was actually worse to be counted 3/5 than to be counted fully, since we had none of the rights of citizens, or of humans.
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