Interesting that the 3/5 of a person was mentioned, but no discussion of why the compromise.
Article 1, Section 2 and Paragraph 3 of the United States constitution:
"Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding the whole Number of free persons, including those bound to Service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons."
Note the last clause that in the last clause 3/5 of the slave population was included for representation in congress and for calculating direct taxes. The suggestion of the 3/5 compromise was presented by James Madison, who was deeply opposed to the institution of slavery. Most of the non free or slave population existed in the south . The compromise was struck because, while the slave population had no voting rights, if counted a a full person their numbers would be used to provide the south with the advantage of allowing the south to forever have disproportionate representation.
The 3/5 compromise was agreed to by the anti-slavery northern states as an important means of maintaining the balance of power. After the Civil War this article was abolished.
The 3/5 compromise had long term effects on the political developments and the balance of power in the states, as did other provisions made by the founding fathers regarding the institution of slavery.
I heard no mention of the 20 year limit compromise, which limited the importation of slaves to a 20 year period following the ratification of the constitution and it's purpose , according to Madison as being to end the institution of slavery.
"Where slavery exists the republican Theory becomes still more fallacious."
"Twenty years will produce all the mischief that can be apprehended from the liberty to import slaves. So long a term will be more dishonorable to the National character than to say nothing about it in the Constitution"
Being a practical man, Madison and other founders knew the south would never agree to immediately outlawing slavery, so they attempt to put as many obstructions in it's way until such time as it could be outlawed.
"Is the importation of slaves permitted by the new Constitution for twenty years. By the old it is permitted forever." James Madison
"It ought to be considered as a great point gained in favor of humanity, that a period of twenty years may terminate forever, within these States, a traffic which has long and so loudly upbraided the barbarism of modern policy; that within that period it will receive considerable discouragement from the Federal government and be totally abolished, by a concurrence of the few States which continue the unnatural traffic in the prohibitory example which has been given by so great a majority of the Union. Happy would it be for the unfortunate Africans if an equal prospect lay before them of being redeemed from the oppression of their European brethren!"
I didn't notice any mention of any of this. It's all laid out and more in 'Voices of the Political System of the United States', 'Federalist Paper #42 and "Memorandum on an African Colony for Freed Slaves"
I heard no mention of the requests of Franklin and the Pennsylvania Quakers petitions to the Continental Congress to end slavery.
So , why no mention of any of this? At best it would be the pot calling the kettle black. I guess no one has ever heard "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones " ! Who's rewriting history?