Kalin, Sarah, Alejandro, Maeagn, and Brittanye

Group Members and Roles:
  • Kinsey: Poster and Facebook Page Creator
  • Kalin: Debator

  • Brittanye: Pamphlet and Photographer

  • Maegan: Print Journal and Radio RSA

  • Sarah: Speech

  • Alejandro: Mailer and TV RS

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Group Slogan:

Without them there, we get nowhere!

What Your Group Wants -- Plan for New Constitution

1. The constitution gives no rights to Congress to abolish or tax slavery. This will continue the trade with africa and keep this economic base strong.
2. For representation of slaves, each African man represents 3/5 of a person, but are not taxed.
3. Free trade: there can be no federal control over economic trade, and the profit be returned to the state-not the country.

Bullet Points of Your Plan:

  • Emphasize and focus on the point that our country has recently come out of war with a deep financial debt, which can only be paid with our strongest point in economy - agriculture which is powered by slaves.
  • Make a clear point that all of the much older European countries are watching the united States for us to fail. It is integral to appear well-organized, able to handle the after-effects of war, and continuing strength in finances (even when we are in debt). The States cannot afford to be at odds about an issue, or enter a civil war, with an enormous debt and many eyes centered on our land.
  • Point out the fact that we cannot support thousands of men and women who are suddenly without a 'home' and illeterate. Our country cannot pay a surplus of workers along with the financial crisis, nor can we find a large work force quickly enough without the downfall of our economy.
  • Emphasize the idea of keeping this nation together as one, but also threaten that the South will leave the States if slavery is abolished.

Orator: Text of Your Speech:
I welcome thee, fellow countrymen; to our momentous meeting. On this day is one of many that we may discuss the interests of our united States and bear no responsibility to people who have never stepped foot on our land. The first time we can unite under the title of our own infant country. We may carry the title of a nation but we’ve gained no respect. Foreign leaders may smile and ceremoniously address us as ‘country’, but the moment we are separated they scoff us over their tea platters. This precarious position requires that we show our sustainability; that we are no callow community that has arisen in a fortnight-with a tender caretaker to watch our steps; that we are capable to arise from the ashes of war and face the repercussions-the lifeless eyes of our own people scared by war on our land, the darkened blood that stains the ground to serve as a reminder of our losses, the lurking hawks of foreign lands who wait patiently for us to fall of our own demise, the financialdebt that has driven our country to the edge and threatens to destroy everything we’ve fought for.
Our countryside has been ripped apart with violent campaigns, and the hills still echo with the beat of war drums; with our new responsibilities we have magnified the moral issue of bearing slaves, perhaps showing those hawks how puerile we are by ignoring the economic price of our country’s freedom. After this war we have been watched even more closely than before. Some have proposed the abolishment of slavery, but this is exactly the kind of decision a naïve country would make. How can we obviate the demands of payment without our most essential block of economy? More taxes? Too many good lives depend on this trade; if it is abolished we could fall back into the shackles of war-do we have words eloquent enough to plead our way back into Britain’s arms? How do we create a glorious plan which will allow more finances to properly provide opportunity for thousands of illiterate men and women who have been cared for their entire life?
It is known to all how integral the production of rice, tobacco, wheat, and indigo is to our economy. Agriculture is undeniably a large part of our foundation, crafted by both plantation owners and field hands. Our country is not yet ready for this concrete trade to be dissolved. Could we stand if our lack of commerce subjugated us to watch as our children’s faces hollow from lack of food, their clothes slowly wither for few in number, and their eyes widen in terror as they watch us tear each other to pieces? The little prosperity we hold in our palm is the product of slavery. Its removal does not lead to our growth, but to our destruction. Without them there; you get nowhere. This young country is not ready to turn loose thousands of hands into the streets when we have no means to compensate for their absence as a work force, or to truly give them the ideal freedom they desire.
The few cases of owners with abusive tendencies are not common with the majority of slaves only seeing the disciplinary whip much like a child would receive punishment. In this trade they are Christianized and brought from barren lands overseas to work in our fields. This system has worked for hundreds of years and should not be tampered with during such a critical period. Our party proposes the complete withdrawal of Congress’ power over the laws or taxation of slavery, along with any control over all economic trade. We of the Dixiecrat Bloc acknowledge the moral standpoints in which owners take their power to the extreme, and propose a compromise. In vote, each African American man will represent three fifths of a person; ludicrous perhaps, but necessary.
Our ‘country’ is held together by fragile threads which cannot withstand tension. Most Americans swear their loyalty to their state, and not to their country. Consulting the moral and ethical views of slavery will easy separate the supposedly united states, and hand Great Britain a reason to laugh at our ‘government’ when we cannot even disagree on an issue without drawing thick lines to separate the land-that we fought together to protect. All of us here want the betterment of our country, to forge those threads into iron bonds; let this dream not be tarnished by uprooting slavery. Without it our country could not survive; not in this state, not in this period. Our people cannot take such an immature action that will lead to our own destruction. I refuse to allow a ridiculous decision be admitted at such an early and vulnerable stage; I can assure you, as a plantation owner of South Carolina, that the southern states will leave this unity rather than be a part of it.
Let us not be blinded by the new power we hold over our laws that we make a fatal decision we will regret.

Why Our plan is Good:

The very essence of our economy is being threatened, with the Dixiecrat's proposals the economy will remain stable and help supply the extra finances needed to pay back the States' debt. The slave trade will be kept on strong, with no toleration of federal control in trade, profit kept within the local state, and prevent owners from paying taxes for each person of servitude on their plantation. Upholding slavery will keep the nation united, which is especially needed in this critical period and give the American experiment a chance to truly begin.

Print Journalist: Write Up of Convention Activity

At the Constitutional Convention, many of America’s founding fathers gathered in order to construct a constitution after the failure of the Articles of Confederation. The Virginia plan aimed to convince the congress to base each state’s vote on their population, while the New Jersey plan tried to convince the congress to allow each state one vote.
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But Roger Sherman, representing the Great Compromise, wanted to please both sides. He proposed a bicameral congress consisting of the House of Representatives, based on population, and the Senate, where each state would have the same amount of representatives. In this plan, every individual is represented, and both sides get what they want.

But the real action was between the Dixiecrat Bloc and Crispus Attucks Coalition. The Dixiecrats wanted no more than to strengthen our delicate nation, not yet ready to let go of slaves. Our economy is almost completely based on our agriculture. Slaves manage most of America’s agriculture, therefore our economy is held up by the slaves. We are a new country deep in debt; why would someone want to knowingly destroy our economy, which is the only thing keeping us afloat? The Crispus Attucks Coalition is simply ignorant of the value of our African workers, for without them, our proud nation would crumble like a house of cards. Crispus Attucks Coalition claims they want America to “succeed”, by first taking away its economy, workers, and on top of everything, make a fool out of ourselves when we have go crying back to Britain, if they get their way.

Often times, people say all slave owners are cruel and evil, because they hurt their slaves. But is punishing a slave for wrongdoing and punishing a child for wrongdoing much different? Slave owners do not hurt the Africans because they like to, but because they deserve it. If a slave is caught trying to escape, should they go unpunished? Should slave owners simply shake their heads and let their workers run away? Of course not. Slaves should be taught justice like any other American. Then, New Englanders say that it would be best if slaves were free. Surely that is not the case. They are given food and water, shelter, and are under the complete protection of their master. To take an illiterate black away from their home to make them “free”, would be like someone purposely letting their dog loose on the streets; there is no way they can all survive by themselves. Even Roger Sherman, from the Great Compromise agreed, “slaves are treated better in the plantation than on the streets.” On the street they have nothing, on the plantation, they have everything they need. The Dixiecrats proposed the 3/5 Compromise, a generous upgrade from the slave’s previous title of zero. A delegate from the Great Compromise conquered, “There’s no way to get rid of slavery… 3/5 Compromise will surely be a good thing.” This way, our slaves will be represented, unlike before. Crispus Attucks voted against this compromise, saying that it is pure iniquity to call a black man 3/5 of a man. But, if the compromise didn’t pass, blacks would return to being a zero in the eyes of representation. Some representation is better than none at all.

Of all the debate that went on at the Constitutional Convention, I know that the Dixiecrat Bloc has the best chance of passing. Logically, it makes sense. Keep the economy strong, work towards paying back our debt, and maintain unity among the states. The Crispus Attucks was against all of those solid points. They were hypocrites; George Mason is arguing us to abolish slavery, when he has a plantation full of Africans himself. The other delegate confessed that he there would be disunity if the Crispus Attucks got their way. The Crispus Attucks Coalition is no more than a confused cluster of Americans unable to see that the slaves are of huge importance to our nation, and that we depend on them like they depend on us.



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