James Wagner, Emory University president, is trying to save his job because of widespread criticism of comments he mad about slavery in a university publication.
In the winter issue of Emory magazine, under a column entitled “As American as…. Compromise,” Wagner wrote, “One instance of constitutional compromise was the agreement to count three-fifths of the slave population for purposes of state representation in Congress.” The criticism was that this statement allegedly praised an agreement that counted slaves as three-fifths of a person.
He continued, “Southern delegates wanted to count the whole slave population… Northern delegates argued that slaves should not be counted at all, because they had no vote. As the price for achieving the ultimate aim of the Constitution—‘to form a more perfect union’—the two sides compromised on this immediate issue of how to count slaves in the new nation.”