December 12

Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison born

December 12, 1805

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First Chief Justice John Jay born

December 12, 1745

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    Slavery and the American Founding: The "Inconsistency not to be excused"

    This lesson will focus on the views of the founders as expressed in primary documents from their own time and in their own words. Students will see that many of the major founders opposed slavery as contrary to the principles of the American Revolution. Students will also gain a better understanding of the views of many founders, even those who owned slaves – including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – who looked forward to a time when slavery would no longer mar the American Republic.