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  •  Nope. Other way around. (1+ / 0-)
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    Look above; many others have it correctly analyzed. The slave states wanted the slaves to be counted--for census purposes and therefore for the House--as people. The non-slave states wanted them not to be counted as people at all. 3/5ths was the compromise position they could all successfully vote into the clause.

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Wed May 22, 2013 at 01:31:44 PM PDT

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