By James Q. Wilson
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This meant giving a few extra seats in the House to those states that had a lot of “other persons”—that is, slaves. Second, Congress was forbidden from prohibiting the “importation” of “persons” (that is, slaves) before the year 1808. And third, if any “person held to service or labour” (that is, any slave) were to escape from a slaveowning state and get to a free state, that person would not become free but would have to be returned to his or her master. ”7 Even though criticism of slavery mounted during the Revolutionary period—especially in the North, where most states adopted some form of emancipation—it is easy to accuse the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of hypocrisy.
Hoping to limit the national government to a loose confederation of states, the Antifederalists wanted most of the powers of government kept ﬁrmly in the hands of state legislatures and state courts. James Madison answered these Antifederalist objections in the Federalist Papers 10 and 51 (see Appendix for text). It was a bold answer, for it ﬂew squarely in the face of widespread popular sentiment and of traditional political philosophy, which held that liberty was safe only in small societies governed either by direct democracy or by large legislatures with small districts and frequent turnover among members.
If the Framers The Constitution and Liberty Constitutional Protections The Bill of Rights The ﬁrst ten amendments to the Constitution gave American citizens important guarantees of individual liberty. But the unamended Constitution also contained such protections. Among those protections listed under Article I, sections 9 and 10, are the following: EX POST FACTO LAW Any law that makes an act a crime that was not a crime at the time it was committed, or that increases penalties or renders conviction easier after the fact, was outlawed by the Constitution.