Saturday, February 28, 2015
Founding Fathers and Slavery
In Tuesday's class discussion, the question came up if someone could have been considered a good person if he or she owned slaves. I think this question is so complicated to answer in that, although owning slaves was a societal norm, that of course, in no way justifies slavery. We often think of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other of our founding father as admirable people that we truly look up to and have utmost respect for. This is always hard for me to think about, since the majority of our founding fathers were slaveowners. The United States was formed and founded based on Christian principles, yet it was also created when slavery was deeply embedded into American society. It makes me wonder whether it can truly be said that our nation was founded on Christian principles and that our country upheld them when many of these so called Christians were slaveholders.