Slavery at Monticello: Jefferson, Hero or Hypocrite?
The Society of the Cincinnati - Society of Cincinnati
The relationship of the leaders of the American Revolution to slavery is the subject of this interview. Questions are posed on why we need to understand the role of slavery in the nation's beginning, of how the Revolution's leaders founded a nation on liberty while maintaining slavery. There is discussion of how individual figures such as Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, Franklin, and others dealt with the issue of slavery. The last question discusses the way that the campaign against and end of slavery created the opportunity for others later in American history to claim their rights.