The founding fathers and the constitution by the time of the constitutional convention in 1787 slavery in the united states was a grim reality in the census of 1790 there were slaves counted in nearly every state with only massachusetts and the districts of vermont and maine being the only exceptions. The constitution and slavery we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Answering the question what does the constitution say about slavery is a little tricky because the words slave or slavery were not used in the original constitution and the word slavery is very hard to find even in the current constitution. 383 iui laver a i unit 7 slavery and the constitution lesson objectives when you complete lesson 19 you will be able to o understand that the term slave or slavery is not in the . The assertion which we made five weeks ago that the constitution if strictly construed according to its reading is not a pro slavery instrument has excited some interest amongst our anti slavery brethren letters have reached us from different quarters on the subject some of these express agreement and pleasure with our views and others surprise and dissatisfaction
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