Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution

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Arguments regarding slavery during the Constitutional Convention at first were concerned with representation; however, another debate quickly arose when southern delegates were against Congress’ possessing unrestricted power to regulate commerce, concerned that Congress would use this power to work against southern commercial interests and outlaw the slave trade. This text is for 6th-12th grade students.

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