"We the People"
The Preamble to the Constitution begins with a concept of popular sovereignty that seems both revolutionary and bound to the sad facts of its day.
"The People," conceptually, ran through the document - Amendments I, II, IV, V, IX, X - in contrast to more narrow interests held by " "citizens," such as the Privileges and Immunities of Article IV
That slaves were Constitutional "persons" is suggested by the apportionment clause, but this fact exists in uneasy tension with the otherwise freedom-granting provisions of Amendments IV and V.
WethePeopleoftheUS - One in a series on Constitutional Issues
WethePeopleoftheUS is one in a series of websites devoted to Constitutional Law issues written and maintained by Ian Booth Kelley.
Ian Kelley is an attorney, lecturer, and law school instructor in the Bay Area. He maintains offices in San Francisco, representing both individuals and businesses in areas ranging from Contracts to Regulatory Compliance to Criminal Defense. For more information, please call the office below or contact him online through ianbkelley.com.
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