On Slavery - The Intent of the Framers of the Constitution

The Intent of the Framers – A Call to Freedom
Stephen M. Astrachan

…yet all three sections united in considering it (slavery) a temporary institution, the corner-stone of which was the slave-trade. No one of them had ever seen a system of slavery without an active slave-trade:

W.E.B. DuBois “The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America 1638-1870”

But he (James Madison) contended that the States were divided into different interests not by their differences of size, but by other circumstances; the most material of which resulted partly from climate, but principally from (the effects of) their having or not having slaves. These two causes concurred in forming the great division of interests in the U. States. It did not lie between the large & small States: it lay between the Northern & Southern. James Madison at the Federal Convention, June 30, 1787.

The intent of the Framers of the Constitution, as a body, was to structure that document to lead the country to the ultimate elimination of slavery. The Constitution and the other foundational document, the Declaration of Independence, would later serve to guide the Civil Rights Movement which did so much to complete the work of Emancipation. Thus, the Framers left us a call to freedom.