Why did the Constitution allow slavery to continue, if the Declaration of Independence claimed that “all men are created equal”?
The U.S. Constitution was a document that established America’s national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens. One of the most basic and essential ideas that were written in the Declaration of Independence was the belief that “all men are greater equal.” Now, knowing the nature of the United States between 1789 and 1860 this was certainly not true. Slaves that were previously brought from Africa were constantly discriminated and treated as inferiors, unequals. Now, one can argue that does that mean that the constitution contradicts itself? Not necessarily. The Constitution’s main concern was to secure freedom and the basic rights of their citizens, one of these rights albeit change by Jefferson was the right to property. Sadly, this meant all property which at the time denoted African slaves as well. So The Declaration of Independence did in fact advocate that all men are created equal but only white, free men that owned land or the predominate population in the colonies. When the Founding Fathers drafted the Declaration it is safe that they were more concerned in founding a new free nation than protecting thee rights of slaves, so when the used this phrasethat “all men are greater equal” he was more focused on the equality of people like themselves.