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The Framers and Slavery

  • Aired: 05/07/2013
  • 02:47
  • Rating: NR
In this clip, Stanford University professor and historian Jack Rakove discusses how the framers of the Constitution could have allowed slavery to remain a part of the country, even as they wrote about the merits of liberty.
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