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Founding fathers and slavery

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Social Studies Middle School

Founding Fathers and Slavery

In the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson argued that “all men are created equal,” yet during his lifetime he owned over 600 men, women and children. Jefferson wasn’t the only Founding Father who owned slaves and supported slavery. How could men who believed in liberty also believe in slavery? This lesson explores this contradiction, as well as the lives of slaves who made Jefferson’s lifestyle possible.

US History I Slavery American Revolution Civics/Government

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AIR DATE: 03/11/2012

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