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Several members of Congress will be taking part in a historical reading of the Constitution. But they will be using an amended version to avoid some of the history reflected in it, particularly the institution of slavery. Tea Party favorite Republican Congressman, Bob Goodlatte of Georgia is organizing the reading. The Hill reports:

A Goodlatte aide explained that the Constitution will be read in its most modern, amended form. This will prevent lawmakers from having to recite politically uncomfortable portions, notably the provisions on the “three-fifths compromise” under which slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person for the purposes of taxation and representation.

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