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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
Text 2. Founding Fathers on Slavery
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Text 3. African Americans on Slavery
Text 4. Woman's Role
Text 5. Women on Equality
Text 6. Summing Up
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2.  The Founding Fathers on Slavery
- Benjamin Franklin, An Address to the Public, 1789
- George Washington, Last Will & Testament, 1799, Item Two
- John Adams to George Churchman and Jacob Lindley, 24 Jan. 1801, excerpt
- Thomas Jefferson to Henri Grégoire, 25 Feb. 1809

  Benjamin FranklinGeorge Washington
John AdamsThomas Jefferson

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Washington: National Humanities Center

Adams: The Founders' Constitution, University of Chicago Press

Franklin and Jefferson:, Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, Ashland University


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Will of George Washington, full texts and facsimiles, from the Univ. of Virginia Library

George Washington on slavery, Letter to Robert Morris, 12 April 1786, from The Founder's Library

Jefferson on slavery in Notes on the State of Virginia, 1784, Queries 14 & 18

Jefferson's letter to Grégoire, facsimile and discussion, from the Library of Congress (scroll down to 17th item)

John Jay to the President of the [English] Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves, 1788

James Madison, Memorandum on an African Colony for Freed Slaves, 1790

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

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