What did the original Constitution say about slavery?

  • In this course, you will complete a series of History Journal entries, which you will submit twice during the term. Refer to the Assignments and Course Schedule on Syllabus Page 2 for due dates.

    Journal #2

    In this first journal activity, you may write about any topic(s) of your choice, but it is best to use the textbook to study.

    • For this activity, topics should address content covered in Chapters 14-24 in the textbook.
      • It is expected that, at a minimum, you are reading the assigned textbook chapters.
      • You are encouraged to read collateral historical writings on topics covered in the textbook.
    • This activity will consist of 10 separate journal entries; you will have a total of 20 entries by the end of the course.
    • Each separate entry should:
      • contain a minimum of 120 words.
      • consist of a summary, paraphrase, and synthesis of material you are reading/studying in this course.
      • be written in your own words- do not quote the work of others verbatim.
      • discuss the subject matter that you are studying – do not simply agree/disagree.
    • Your study involves, first and foremost, learning the nation’s past; doing so requires a review of previously published studies, so you are encouraged to conduct research using outside resources, but be sure to draft your journal entries in your own words.
      • Direct quotations should not be used; citations are not necessary.
      • Do not copy/paste information from any source.
      • No citations
  • Grading Criteria

    You will make two separate journal submissions during this course. Each submission will be worth 50 points.

    • Each submission will consist of 10 separate journal entries.
    • Save the file containing your second set of 10 entries in .rtf (rich text format), and name the file Journal #1.
    • For clarity and ease, please title your entries as Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, etc.
    • Each separate journal entry should be a minimum of 120 words in length.
    • Each entry should pertain to African American History.
    • Each entry should be written in your own words.
    • Submission of only half the required length/number of journals will earn half of the available points.

    To gain a better understanding of journal entry expectations, please review the sample entry below:

    Entry 1

    What did the original Constitution say about slavery? Though the fate of slavery was not the foremost issue facing the framers of the Constitution, there was debate over slavery during the convention. Southern states wanted slaves to be counted in the national census, because that would increase their representation in the national government. Framers compromised and agreed to count each slave as three-fifths of a person. Another issue had to do with the international slave trade, which many delegates wanted to ban. Eventually, it was agreed that Congress would not be able to outlaw the international slave trade for twenty years. Lastly, at the insistence of delegates from southern states, the Constitution included a fugitive slave clauserequiring northern states to return run-away slaves. Though many delegates, including some from southern states, believed slavery would eventually die out, the final document helped to ensure that slavery would become a permanent part of the new nation for decades to come.

    Note: You will notice that this entry is greater than 120 words in length.

    • Keep in mind that 120 words is the minimum length.
    • There are no “right or wrong” answers, and it is not required that your instructor “agree” with your entry.
    • You will be graded on how your entry demonstrates that you have read and thought about the material.
    • You are encouraged to use the journal entries as study aids for the exams.