“A More Perfect Union”
Senator Barack Obama’s speech in
Philadelphia on March 18, 2008.
“The document they produced was eventually
signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained
by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question
that divided the colonies and brought the
convention to a stalemate until the founders
chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at
least twenty more years, and to leave any final
resolution to future generations….
“The document they produced!
by this nation’s original sin of slavery!
Article 1. Section 2. Paragraph 3:
“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be
apportioned among the several States which may be
included within this Union, according to their
respective Numbers, which shall be determined by
adding to the whole Number of free Persons …
and…three fifths of all other Persons.”