ERIC Number: EJ704149
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Publication Date: 2004
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Abolitionists among the Founding Generation
Brady, Kevin T.
Social Education, v68 n4 pSS2 May-Jun 2004
In recent years, framers of the American republic, especially George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, have taken a public opinion thrashing for allowing the institution of slavery to persist during and after the American Revolution. Their defenders respond that these men are being judged unfairly by twenty-first century standards; that they should be remembered for the giant steps they took toward the goal of "freedom for all." However, other members of the founding generation did work, during their own lifetimes, to unlock the manacles holding Africans in slavery. Efforts by Aaron Burr, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton led to the end of slavery in New York State, which at the time of the Revolution maintained a slave system more extensive than that in some of the southern states. This article discusses slavery in the colony of New York. (Contains 4 notes.)
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