Cirspus Attucks Coaltion Period One

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  • Luke - debater
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  • Andrew - Print Journalist

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“A Brother in Need is a Brother Indeed!”

Orator: Text of Your Speech

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Gentlemen, Delegates, Representatives, and Revolutionaries; I come before thee as an American. With what great sweetness we have here tasted the representation we have fought and died for, indeed the whole room vibrates with the fervor of freedom. I wish this house nothing if not co-operation and prosperity forever more. The fist blood shed of the American revolution, was not in Lexington. It was in Boston. The first blood, the first martyr, the first Patriot... let the word sit on your tongue the first Patriot... was a black man. We there after cried no taxation without representation. What a just cause it was. What right did the crown have to demand of us when we did not take part in the disillusion making? Does every one agree? Does any one deny that that is what we fought for? Brittan needed money. It did. The seven years war took its toll. What was asked of us was a comparatively small tax. We denied it solely because we were not respected. That is what we fought for is it not? Indeed, is it any wonder the first Patriot was a black man. Even the slaves that fought for the British fought for the same cause as ourselves, did they not? There respect, there rights, their freedom. Are we who sit here soaking in the radiance of acknowledgment anything better in there eyes, than a new crown with a different flag? No taxation without representation. How much have we taxed them? What representation have they? Virtual representation? There's no use denying it, we are our mother's son Slavery. Any of you who have boos resenting about you please let them out at the end of the next sentence. Slavery is bad. Alright now listen. Conflict is the growing pains of a nation, so please tolerate any further blasphemy from my mouth. To deny slavery as a pertinent issue will not suffice. New territories in the north west and unification of the coastal provinces demand that this be addressed.

The south cries that slavery is necessary for their functional style of life, Yes. The north cries that abolition of slavery will surely cause friction within the union, Yes. But in the words of a fellow American is life So dear or peace so sweet it is to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Why is that mantra less true now? Because our congress has no money? What funds had we during the war? Because our brethren unwilling to change? What else would you call a loyalist? Here i must make a distinction. I do not wish for separation. We've nothing if not our unity. We may if we must wean ourselves off of slavery as a child weans itself off of it's mothers milk. If tariffs and taxes with the ultimate goal of eventual liberty is the best we can manage, then fine. Better small progress together, than stagnancy divided. I own slaves. A fact of which i am not proud. If they were taken away from me, my estate would be in sheer distress and go to pieces. I know full well the burden i am asking, not the south, but you all to bear. For what happens to one of us concerns all of us. It will be a concern for the united states of America. Washington. You are a Virginian. Where would you be without the militia men from New York and deleware and the carolinas? They died for our country as a united people, let us honor them by living as a united people. No oppression from superior kings, or superior states, or superior races. Are not the scotts irish, the Germans, the dutch our brothers? No one can deny that the humans working fields for wealth they will never see are American. No one can deny that the middle passage and torn families put them in a dire state of need. As my propaganda department so truthfully and eloquently states, a brother in need is a brother indeed.

Debater: Possible Objections to Plan and Your Replies
Mr. Morris raises an objection.

  • Freeing slaves is economically viable.
  • If you say there like children and they need you, then why don't you whip your children?
  • The amount of slaves that die in the middle passage is raising the price and making it less economically viable to import labor.
  • You are importing labor when there's labor already here.
  • The Elizabeth Mumbet case proves that they would still work for what you spend on they're housing and food.
  • There have been instances of freed slaves becoming respected people in society during the beginnings of America.

Print Journalist: Write-Up of Convention Activity

As the morning began on the day of the National Convention it was quite hot, foreshadowing the fiery debates to be had about the new Constitution. Many representatives from all of the states had arrived anxious to share their thoughts and ideas, but most of all, to contribute to the creation of the Constitution.

James Madison began the speeches outlining the necessity of the states remaining united. He expressed his opinion that if the states are to remain united th

"A Brother in Need is a Brother Indeed!"

ey need a federal government with real power which all the states unite under. He also showed where he stood on the Virginia / New Jersey Plan controversy; that “the voice of the people must be represented accurately” and that it would be unacceptable to have the smaller states rejecting the will of the larger, more populous states. William Patterson gave his emotional speech next; imploring his audience to remember what made the colonies band together in the first place, and that the smaller states lost men in the war too. He brought up points that swayed the audience with his emotional delivery saying things such as “we (the smaller states) lost men in the war too in order to gain suffrage, therefore the states must be equal in voting.” The next speaker represented The Great Compromise; hoping to find the two extremist sides willing to compromise, he offered up the idea of two separate branches of legislature. One house favoring the more populous states with more representatives for the more populous states, and one giving equal votes to the smaller states in the Senate. The speech was concluded with the remark, “Is it not our dream to have 13 equal states and avoid tyranny?” thus showing that the states had more in common than they thought, and that they truly needed each other in order to thrive.

Then began the speeches concerning slavery. As the anti-slavery speech began there was clearly uneasiness in the room, as most did not feel slavery was a topic deserving to be mentioned in the Constitution. Nevertheless, poits were made that were parallel to the Americans reasons of rebelling against Britain; that the slaves were being forced to work without representation. He recognized the impossibility of suddenly releasing all the slaves into the public and proposed the idea of slowly weaning America off of slavery by little degrees. To refute the Crispus Attacks Party was the Dixiecrat Bloc. Reason seemed to be the only rhetoric tool they relied on, as their main points concerned the fact that destroying slavery would ruin the South’s economy and the slaves, once freed, would not fit into society. Furthermore, they demanded the right for their slaves to gain suffrage, in effect, making the wealthy plantation owners even more powerful.

Soon after the opening speeches were heard, intense debates soon followed. The fist debate was between the Virginia and New Jersey plan. Virginia felt that it deserved more votes, resulting in more power, because of their enormous population. New Jersey then exclaimed that under the New Jersey Plan 46% of people would be under represented and the larger states would in effect take over. With no evidence to the contrary, Virginia tried to calm New Jersey Plan representatives by “promising” they had the interest of the Union in mind. Seeing that that road was leading no where, New Jersey tried another approach; earning the sympathy of others by remembering the good times when states fought for independence together and all men died on the battle field for the cause of liberty. However, nothing New Jersey said could overthrow the fact that Virginia had a huge population which resulted in them threatening to break off to Britain again. Virginia called the bluff, and New Jersey’s only remark was, “you should want us to stay.” Virginia then took it a step farther and proclaimed, “My Virginia is bigger than your Virginia.” (Although the dialogue did not necessarily occur in that order it has been worded this way for comical entertainment.) The Great Compromise soon came to the rescue before it became violent and proposed a dual House system that the New Jersey and Virginia Plan seemed to be fond of.

Then came the crazy intense, if not sometimes awkward and nonsensical debate on slavery. George Mason for the Crispus Attucks Party declared the Dixiecrat Bloc to be hypocritical because they agreed all men are created equal yet that wasn’t the case for the slaves. The Dixiecrat Bloc, determined to keep slavery, prophesized the downfall of the South’s economy if slavery were abolished; claiming that they are in fact saving the blacks from an even worse life in Africa by enslaving them in America. Then the question was raised about what the slaves would do if they were freed and where they would go was brought up, and an answer to the question was never quite found. After much repetitiveness and review of the same arguments by both sides it was decided that the issue of slavery would not be mentioned in the Constitution and would later be brought back up in 1808.

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Comments from Rival Plans

Hey you morally whimsical northern "gentlemen", the '''Real''' Gentlemen just wanted to say that your axioms wont save you tomorrow in the debate.
- Good luck from the South

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