The provisional Constitution of the Confederate States of America was written when southern states first seceded from the Union. It is, in large part, exactly the same as the U.S. Constitution, with notable exceptions, some of which are excerpted here. They predominantly center around allowing the act of enslavement to continue within the Confederacy.
- According to the preamble of the Confederate States of America's (CSA) Constitution, what power will states in the Confederacy have? How does this differ from the preamble of the U.S. Constitution?
- What rights does the CSA Constitution give slave owners? Cite specific evidence from the text in your answers.
"Constitution of the Confederate States of America," Shorter & Reid, Montgomery, Alabama, 1861. Courtesy of Library of Congress