Sunday, July 3, 2011

Thomas Jefferson's Rejected Anti-Slavery Resolution

"Condemnation of the slave trade deleted because of objections from South Carolina and Georgia" — Thomas Jefferson’s Draft of the Declaration of Independence:
    He [the king of Britain] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Of course, Jefferson's opposition to the international slave trade comported nicely with his economic interests in the domestic slave trade. Jefferson ran one of the largest slave-breeding operations in the new world, aside from his own siring of children with at least one human being he kept in slavery. Jefferson, a proliferate spender who carried massive loads of debt, financed his lifestyle by selling human beings to fellow domestic slave owners. His opposition to the international slave market conveniently supported his efforts at making a profit in the trade in human flesh. He gussied it up in high falutin' moral language (for pr effect), but at the end of the day he was as immoral as any of the other barbarians who enslaved human beings in violation of natural law.

2:20 PM  
Blogger elena maria vidal said...

I agree with Mark.

2:30 AM  

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