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Q59. "I need help looking for where the Constitution implies slavery. I looked at Article 1, Section 9, Clause 1 of the Constitution. I need another example of the implied use of slavery."

A. When the Constitution notes "all other persons," it means slaves (see Article 1 Section 2). When it talks about the importation of persons (see Article 1, Section 9, Clause 1), it means the slave trade.

See also Article 4, Section 2.

The 13th Amendment and the unratified Slavery Amendment mention slavery explicitly.

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