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Living the Revolution: America, 1789-1820
Topic: Predicaments of Early Republican LifeTopic: ReligionTopic: PoliticsTopic: ExpansionTopic: Equality
Topic: Equality
Overview of Living the Revolution
Resource Menu: Equality
Text 1. Founding Fathers on Equality
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Text 2. Founding Fathers on Slavery
Text 3. African Americans on Slavery
Text 4. Woman's Role
Text 5. Women on Equality
Text 6. Summing Up
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1.  The Founding Fathers on Equality
- George Washington, to/from the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, 1790
- James Wilson, Of Man, as a Member of Society, from Lectures on Law, 1791
- Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 28 Oct. 1813, excerpt
- James Madison, Note to His Speech on the Right of Suffrage, 1821

  George WashingtonJames Wilson
Thomas JeffersonJames Madison





Washington: The Papers of George Washington, University of Virginia

Wilson, Jefferson, and Madison: The Founders' Constitution, University of Chicago Press


If you choose to print these texts:
-   Print directly from the sites.
-   Length: 12 pages.


Equality section: The Founders' Constitution
  Introduction (recommended)
  Epilogue to entire site: "Securing the Republic"
  Home page of The Founders' Constitution

Background and facsimile of Washington letter, from the Library of Congress
Background for students

Biography of James Wilson, from the National Archives

Full text of Jefferson's letter to Adams, from From Revolution to Reconstruction, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Life and presidencies, from The American President (PBS/WNET)
  George Washington
  Thomas Jefferson
  James Madison

Other primary documents on equality issues:
  Noah Webster, Miscellaneous Remarks on Divizions of Property,
  from The Founders' Constitution
  T. E. Burch, Appeal for Manhood Suffrage, Virginia, 1812,
  from New River Notes, Arlington

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