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None. However, the concept of slavery is referred to. The framers were careful not to use those exact words.


"Slavery" is noted in the 13th Amendment. Additionally, Article I of the Constitution references slavery: "three fifths of all other Persons."

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Not once. The issue of slavery was so volatile that the Constitution would never have been signed if slavery had either been expressly abolished or expressly permitted. So they compromised. They put the question off for 20 years, leaving it to the next generation to sort it out. Read Article 1, Section 9, Clause 1. It states: "The migration or importation of such persons as any of the states now existing shall think proper to admit shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight. . ." The word "persons" is of course African Americans about to become slaves. "Importation" refers to the slave trade. Then, just to make sure the slave trade and slavery were not abolished before 1808, the Article that permits Amendments to the Constitution, Article 5, states that no amendment of the the first clause of the ninth section of the first Article may be made before 1808. The southern states that insisted that slavery be retained were too queasy about saying "slavery" or "slaves" in the Constitution, so they devised this rather cowardly euphemism to retain their slaves.

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The word does not appear in the constitution at all.

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The Constitution mentions religion twice in Article VI and Amendment I.

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