Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Slavery and the Founders

Slavery and the Founders
Our Founders were not Ignorant
By John D. Turner

"He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warefare, the opprobrium of INFIDEL powers, is the warfare of a CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce".
-Thomas Jefferson
The Declaration of Independence: Original Draft

How different American History might have been had these words, penned by Thomas Jefferson in his original draft of the Declaration of Independence, been allowed to stand. Words, which condemned the British king for allowing the slave trade to flourish, and for introducing slavery into the colonies in the first place. Words which the delegations from Georgia and South Carolina, who were unwilling to acknowledge that slavery violated the "most sacred rights of life and liberty", found offensive and therefore were stricken from the final document.

Read the rest here.

I found this on a Banner ad over at The Rott. I read it last night late and found it such a great read I read it again this afternoon.

1 comment:

Elelel said...

Excellent read, Jason! Thank you for the direct.

"Clearly, it is incumbent upon us, the citizens of the United States of America, to study and understand the history of the founding of our nation. To know the background behind decisions of the past, rather than simply applying the pravda of today to the world of yesterday."

^ I am a firm believer in the above statement. Personally, I am fascinated by those who have come before us... fascinated.

Again, thanks for posting the article.