Thursday, April 25, 2024

Slavery in the Constitution


Sunday Afternoon Talks at Stratford Library
Sunday, February 25th, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Free and open to the public
Lovell Room

Hosted by Charles Lautier of Stratford

The Stratford Library will continue its series of informative and entertaining talks, this week featuring guest speaker Judge Barry Stevens. In honor of Black History Month, Judge Stevens will present “How Did the United States Constitution, When First Enacted, Address the Issue of Slavery”. 

The United States Constitution, the legal foundation of our country, emanates from revolutionary ideals of freedom, equality and liberty. Yet the juxtaposition of these ideals against the factual reality of slavery raises numerous questions. How were the issues of slavery raised and debated by the Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention? Why didn’t the Constitution, when initially enacted, expressly provide for the prohibition of slavery? How did the Constitution itself address the issue of slavery?

In an engaging, challenging hour of discussion, Judge Stevens will discuss these questions, emphasizing how the historical facts implicated by these questions in turn have modern implications. 

Judge Stevens was appointed a Superior Court Judge for the State of Connecticut by Governor Lowell Weicker in 1994. He presently serves as a Judge Trial Referee, a senior judicial position.

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or call the Library at: 203.385-4162.


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