excerped from George Smiley's post...I don't want to go to off topic here, but slavery was not a result of majority rule. It was created and sustained by1. Ecnomic factors2. Racism3. A political and social minority in the US-the South........The main reason why slavery is only briefly mentioned in the US Constitution is because the framers wanted to prevent the country from dissolving into factions.In order to do this, they had to appease on faction (the South) with slavery. (Something that most of the framers found repugnant)
Merlin writes..I feel the civil war was fought because of states rights not slavery. The south used the issue of slavery only to break away from the union. The cost of slaves could not be amortized because at the time of the Civil war the cotton gin and other mechanization was making slaves unprofitable.