Although the Declaration of Independence stated, "All men are created equal," Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers agreed to include slavery in the Constitution. What factors led to this decision? In this lesson, students consider the positions of delegates to the Constitutional Convention along with historians' interpretations to understand this apparent contradiction.
[Teacher Materials and Student Materials updated on 09/15/22.]
Image: Manuscript of the Constitution of the United States, 1787. From the Wikimedia Commons.