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Why do you think the issue of slavery was controversial when framing the Constitution?



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During the Founding Period of American History, slavery was a controversial issue among the Founders themselves, as well as throughout the nation, because of the simple fact that opinions about it had been strongly formed and were quite strongly held. Furthermore, the livelihood of many of the Founders depended on slave-holding. Still further, the issue was tied closely at that time, as it would be in the next century, to the tangled and vitally important issue of 'states' rights.'