Lysander Spooner

The Unconstitutionality of Slavery (Complete Edition)

This eBook edition of “The Unconstitutionality of Slavery” has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. “The Unconstitutionality of Slavery” is a book by American abolitionist Lysander Spooner advocating the view that the United States Constitution prohibited slavery. This view was advocated in contrast to that of William Lloyd Garrison who advocated opposing the constitution on the grounds that it supported slavery. In the pamphlet, Spooner shows that none of the state governments of the slave states specifically authorized slavery, that the U.S. Constitution contains several clauses that are contradictory with slavery, that slavery was a violation of natural law, and that the intentions of the Constitutional Convention have no legal bearing on the document they created.
461 printed pages
Original publication



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