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Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2005 11:16:01 -0500 From: Kevin Gutzman <GutzmanK@wcsu.edu> Paul Finkelman's post about the impracticability of political abolition of slavery ignores the most common mode of constitutional amendment: appointing a Supreme Court majority willing to say that properly understood, the Constitution "really" means [fill in the blank]. This method of amendment, which has given us state legislative reapportionment, abortion rights, an end to segregation, etc., might eventually have brought an end to slavery. Prof. Kevin R. C. Gutzman Department of History Western Connecticut State University