Yesterday, we looked at words, ink on parchment, that formalized the American Revolution, but what happened after. Not so much the military campaigns, although they are fascinating, but to these men, who took this vote. But we don’t forget the very first man who died for American Independence, a man named Crispus Attucks, a free black man, who was shot by the British at the Boston Massacre, in 1770.
For all the noise we have heard lately about Thomas Jefferson, he has as good a claim as any to be America’s first abolitionist. Here is the clause that Rutledge insisted on removing.
“has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its 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.”
There, right there, is the death knell of American slavery, in…
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