The Founders of The United States, authors of the Constitution, and several presidents who followed in their hallowed footsteps, right up to the Vice President under Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, and the Hero of the U.S. Civil War, U.S. Grant, owned slaves. How could people such as these be revered as the paragons and patriarchs of individual rights? It's beyond me.
George Washington owned more than 200 slaves
Thomas Jefferson owned more than 100 slaves
James Madison owned and sold slaves all his life
James Monroe owned 30-40 slaves
Andrew Jackson owned about 160 slaves
Martin Van Buren owned at least one slave
William Henry Harrison had several slaves
John Tyler had slaves
James K. Polk had 15 slaves
Zachary Taylor owned more than 100 slaves
Andrew Johnson owned 8 slaves
Ulysses S. Grant freed his slaves
What's your opinion? Are we to believe that these men were ahead of their time with regards freedom of speech and religion yet bought and sold black Africans? I can't reconcile that. Rather I think they were as self-interested and unscrupulous as our present day leaders. Which makes more sense to you?
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