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  •  That wasn't the question (0+ / 0-)

    In general, population was counted towards representation.

    Maybe, in some abstract moral sense, slaves shouldn't have been counted among the population. Long afterwards, the slave owners would claim that slaves weren't people -- that didn't seem to be the case back then.

    But that issue wasn't being raised.

    Slaves were far from the only persons (note that the Constitution only uses that term when it discusses slavery -- some of those circumlocutions were quite long) that couldn't vote.

    The extreme radicals of the French revolution allowed people paying a quite low level of taxes fo vote. Even they didn't allow every male to vote. (And votes for women were something not even discussed in those days.)

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