Balanced view

Edward Countryman

‘Came as close as a possible to having its basis in the consent of its people…. even by the standards of the day it was not democratic.’

  • i.e. There still remained inequalities through a property qualification of $20 000 which was needed to vote or run for parliament

‘The Constitution neither strengthened nor undermined slavery; faced with a fundamental problem, the delegates chose to avert their gaze.’