A member of The Gift That Keeps On Giving posted this statement:
“Many Yankee myth promoters like to wave around that the Confederacy sealed slavery into its Constitution. They love to cite Article 1 Section 9 Clause 4: “No bill of attainder, or ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves, shall be passed.” Which as we know is the Grandfather Clause that allows all those who still have slaves to be able to keep them. (Un…til other arrangements are made etc…) They have a tendency to skip over Article 1 Section 9 Clauses 1 & 2: “The importation of negroes of the African race, from any foreign country, other than the slave holding States or Territories of the United States of America, is hereby forbidden, and Congress required to pass such laws as shall effectually prevent the same. Congress shall also have power to prohibit the introduction of slaves from any State not a member of, or Territory not belonging to, this Confederacy.”
Yes, she’s confused. She thinks Article I, Section 9 of the confederate constitution is an antislavery clause. People who are ignorant of history often make this mistake. Notice that it does not prohibit importing slaves from slaveholding states and territories in the United States, so it doesn’t stop the slave trade. What this does is allow slave exporting states like Virginia to maintain the value of the enslaved people they are selling. By keeping the supply of enslaved people limited they were able to keep the price up. The clause did nothing to hurt the institution of slavery. Slavery’s continued existence was still guaranteed by the confederate constitution.
As to the “other arrangements” she alludes to, that’s simply a fantasy in her own mind. There’s also Article IV, Section 3, Clause 3, to wit: “The Confederate States may acquire new territory; and Congress shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the inhabitants of all territory belonging to the Confederate States, lying without the limits of the several Sates; and may permit them, at such times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form States to be admitted into the Confederacy. In all such territory the institution of negro slavery, as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected be Congress and by the Territorial government; and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories shall have the right to take to such Territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the States or Territories of the Confederate States. ”
In other words, there weren’t going to be any “other arrangements.” All new states would be admitted with slavery intact, because they would be formed from territories that had slavery.
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