Slavery, civil rights, and how the U.S. Senate undermines democracy Contributed by the Supreme Court Historical SocietyOliver Elseworth. ■ By Dave Marin / Contributed One way to wave away the unequal representation of Americans in the U.S. Senate is to assert that to the extent the Senate has any affect at all on policy, it is a positive one, screening out proposals that in the long term were proven to be harmful anyhow. Oliver Ellsworth, delegate from Connecticut to the United States’ Constitutional Convention, articulated this very sentiment when he asked another delegate: “…whether he had ever seen a good measure fail in [the Continental Congress] for want of a majority
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