Veronica, Erika, Hanna, Karina, Kienna, Angela, and Veronica.

Group Members and Roles
  • Hanna: Speaker and Debater
  • Angela:Debater
  • Erika:Pamphlets and Posters
  • Veronica M:Mailer and Facebook Page
  • Karina:T.V ad and Journalist
  • Kienna:[[#|Radio ad]]
  • Veronica L: Photographer
Group Slogan
"The slaves are not slowing,
The crops are all growing,
And the money is flowing...
So Vote Dixiecrat,
And that's that!"

What Your Group Wants -- Plan for New Constitution\
We would like to add a clause in the constitution prohibiting embargoes on the slave trade. Slaves should be referenced as "persons in servitude". We believe in a central government that should be elected by Senate, not popular vote.

Bullet Points of Your Plan

  • Strong centralized government
  • "Persons in servitude" represented as 3/5 of an individual
  • No taxes or embargoes on slave trade!
  • 2/3 majority in both houses for any quotas on slave trade to be passed

Orator: Text of Your Speech
My fellow Americans, today is a most momentous day in our history. We do not act merely for the present, but for future generations. The conclusions of our meeting will affect our posterity and the prospective residents of our beautiful new country. By working together to make the best possible decisions, we can ensure that we do not fail them. It is imperative, therefore, that you vote Dixiecrat.

Like it or not, slavery is the foundation of our country. The clothes you wear, the food you eat, the tobacco you smoke, and the goods you buy are only possible because of the industry of the Negro. During the Revolutionary War, we would not have been able to enforce the nonimportation agreements if homegrown textiles were not available. It is American cotton that makes American clothing, American indigo that dyes it. And it is America’s duty to support one of the largest industries it has, an industry that helped form our great nation. It was American rice, grown in our very own South Carolina, that fed our brethren in Massachusetts when the Boston port was closed during our struggle for independence, and it is American rice that feeds our children even today. It is American tobacco that was our first cash crop in Jamestown, Virginia, and it still provides one of our most steady exports. All of today’s necessities and comforts are provided by America’s black workers.

Without slavery, our country would still be suffering under the English empire. Slavery has provided a solid stepping stone towards prosperity for our Southern economy. Even the Northerners rely on our flourishing agriculture to supply raw materials for them to utilize in their factories. These same exports are also necessary to help us regain a stable economy, and to pay off our accrued debts from the Revolutionary War to our French and Spanish allies. At this fragile time in our young nation’s history, we must be careful in preserving friendly relations with other countries.

At last, we have been able to establish a fixed working class. We need this class of laborers in order to maintain a functioning economy. At first, we used white indentured servants, but after Bacon’s rebellion, they became extremely unreliable, and God sent us the African slaves. It seems as if they are almost meant to work in the tropical plantations of South Carolina with a climate not unlike that of their previous home in Africa. Many are resistant to malaria, making them perfectly suited to their work. Being a God-fearing man myself, I am sure God approves of our methods, as he has blessed us with a growing country and a thriving economy based on slavery.

Those who question if slavery is consistent with our founding principles need not look far to find their answer. Our Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal”. Clearly they were referring to white, men. Many of the members of the Second Continental Congress, including Thomas Jefferson himself, were slave-owners. Some may say that we are denying slaves the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, but this is not true. We provide them with free accommodations, shelter, food, and clothing. These means of living are proper enough for negroes. We Dixiecrats have generously compromised to count blacks as three fifths of a person, when representation for Congress is concerned. To those who say that slaves would be better off free, I say “would they really?” Who is going to hire them? Nobody. Who is going to take them in? Nobody. Who is going to sustain them, feed them, and care for them? Nobody. The South contains 700,000 slaves. If we set them all free, utter chaos would ensue. Not only would our economy fall to pieces, but we would have 700,000 starving, dying negroes on our hands. Slavery is the answer my friends.

We believe there should be no taxes on the slave trade. If any taxes, tariffs, or embargoes are considered, at least a two thirds majority in both houses of legislation should be needed to pass them. We would even be willing to put a clause in the constitution prohibiting restrictions on slave trade altogether. As far as the morality of slavery goes, we are willing to debate this issue in 1808, when our nation is strong and well-grounded, with a powerful central government. Slavery should not even be a question in these tumultuous times. The slaves are not slowing, so the crops are all growing, and the money is flowing. So vote Dixiecrat, and that’s that! Thank you.
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Slavery is the basis of our economy, and without it our nation would crumble to pieces. We need a dependent labor force to have a functioning country. We are merely helping the slaves; without us they would still be starving in the heathen lands of Africa. We have made them good and Christian.

Print Journalist: Write Up of Convention Activity

Delegates from every corner of the colonies came together today at the Constitutional Convention to discuss how best to govern the new nation of America. Six different parties attended, each with their own ideas and agenda for the new government. Conflict and argument were constantly present in the room, along with an array of insults, objections, and crumpled papers flying in response to every party’s proposals. At times, achieving even small agreements seemed to be impossible.

Some childishly stubborn parties not only disagreed on issues, but clung to absolute opposite ideas of how to address them. The New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plan, for example, squabbled about state representation. The New Jersey Plan argued for equal representation for every state, regardless of each individual state’s population. Otherwise, they whined, smaller states like themselves would be “pushed to the side without a voice.” The Virginia Plan fiercely disagreed; they supported representation based on the population of each state. Democracy, they argued, is the rule of the majority; giving small states like New Jersey equal representation would be giving the minority too much power. “We have to go for the voice of America,” they stressed. In their representation proposals, both parties were too absorbed in the power of their own state’s voice. They began their debate with comparatively reasonable arguments, but then quickly exhausted their supply of valid points and, like overgrown toddlers, began calling each other “callow” and “pompous jerks”.

Though they resorted to name-calling, the delegates of New Jersey and Virginia brought far more sense to the discussion than those of the Crispus Attucks Coalition. These “gentleman” attempted to argue their points, but struggled to counter the many accusations regarding their obvious hypocrisy and vague plans for the nation’s future. Among other ludicrous ideas, they proposed that the slave trade should cease to exist in the United States. Delegate George Mason deemed it immoral and cruel, crying that as long as the institution of slavery exists, our nation’s claim of “equality for all” is false. A few moments later, the very same man then unabashedly admitted that he himself owns many slaves. His blatant hypocrisy brought forth especially passionate reproof from our reasonable delegates of the Dixiecrat Bloc. To his questioning of slavery’s morality, they responded, “We saved the Negros from Africa. We gave them God and shelter and food. And as for the whipping, it is in essence no different from punishing a misbehaving child.” They also stressed how vital slavery is to the nation’s economy. The issue is of such importance and requires such thorough preparation, they said, that it cannot be discussed while this new country is in such a delicate and precarious state. They wisely proposed that it would be best for the well-being of the nation to postpone the discussion of slavery until 1808, so the government may have time to steady itself and find appropriate economic alternatives.

Another group failed to present new plans, instead proposing the so-called “Great Compromise”. They pushed the other groups to try to come together in some semblance of an agreement, forcing everyone to make small sacrifices in an attempt to soften the stark contrasts of opinions and bring the nation together as a truly “united states”. A fair and reasonable idea—had everyone been willing to compromise. The Dixiecrat Bloc graciously agreed to count slaves as 3/5 of a person for representation, but no others were willing to make such a generous compromise. The Crispus Attucks Coalition even had the audacity to claim that abolishing only the trading of slaves, and not the institution of slavery, was a good enough compromise. Meeting in the middle, while satisfactory in theory, was not successful when actually applied to the heated debates of the convention.

The British were also present, but as expected, contributed only sullen insults and irrational doubts rather than constructive ideas.


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