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Because, at the time, the South strongly defended slavery and the framers knew if they abolished or aimed at slavery, the South may be upset with the Constitution and never agree to it. The North alone would never have been able to ratify the Constitution on their own, they needed the South, as well, so, in order to gain their full support, slavery had to be left out of the Constitution. They also assumed slavery would dissapate by the early 1800's.

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12y ago

Some of the states would not ratify, or approve, the new Constitution if they had anything to do with slavery. For compromise, the Founding Fathers agreed to let the matter of slavery be left alone for at least 20 years.

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7y ago

The large plantation owners had used slaves to run their plantations for several generations. Their agricultural economy was based on slave labor. They had great sums of money invested in their slaves. They insisted on their right to keep slaves. Slave-owners had the political power in the colonies where they lived. These states would not have ratified a constitution that did not allow slavery.

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9y ago

Many framers didn't abolish slavery because they benefited from slavery. If they didn't own slaves, many of their friends did.

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12y ago

Because slavery was too big. They vouldnt just stop it, and if they tried there is a chance that the required 9 states wouldnt approve it. Then where would we be

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11y ago

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