I think it’s interesting how often we miss what the Three Fifth’s Compromise really guaranteed. It provided more representation to slave-owning states by assigning their delegate count in the House of Representatives based on a count of their population of “free Persons” plus three-fifths of their population of “other Persons” which is really just a poor euphemism for “Enslaved Human Beings” since it didn’t count Native Americans who didn’t pay taxes or indentured servants.
It was essentially a power play by slaveowners to say, “Hey, our population is much higher if you count all those people to whom we deny voting, civil, or basic human rights! Obviously we need more representatives in Congress because we’re representing them too.” It’s possibly the most hypocritical example in our nation’s history of “having your cake and eating it too.”
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