George Washington was a Slaveholder, Against Slavery

I’m currently making a case to debate a pastor to keeping a Chicago statue where it is. I went to my local library and started doing research. Pouring through George Washington’s own writings I was able to reconstruct something that the people trying to take the statue down are ignorant to: George Washington was in the closet about his views when it comes to slavery.

In the book George Washington, Selected Writings page 403 states:

I direct that all of them who are forty years old & upwards, shall receive their  freedom; all under that age and above sixteen, shall serve seven years and no longer; and all under sixteen years, shall serve until they are twenty five years of age, and then be free.

George Washington

Now this seems like a selfish move, why wouldn’t he just free them all at the same time? However, place it next to a caption from the book George Washington The Writer A Treasury of Letters, Diaries, and Public Documents 

In his will, he insisted that his younger slaves be taught to read and write. At the time of his death, Washington’s library was filled with nine hundred volumes, many on practical subjects.

George Washington The Writer- Carolyn P. Yoder  pg 12

All who were older would have already learned how to read and write, so they were freed and were free to go about their business. Forty was considered old for that time, so they were essentially retiring. Washington cared for his slaves, which is why he made this policy. Slaves were protected because they were considered property, meaning you had to feed them and keep them healthy. If they were freed they would have to get jobs and make lives for themselves.  Older slaves would have had to support their children and the children would likely  not get free educations. The slaves would have perished if he had released them all at once.

Slaves at Mount Vernon were treated fairly well and felt free to complain when they weren’t. Washington was one of the few planters who provided for the freeing of his own slaves after his death.

George Washington The Writer-Carolyn P. Yoder, pg 65

The reality is the only way to save the slaves was to be a slave owner, buy slaves, keep them safe from the bad ones, educated them, and free them. However, even after freedom there was still real danger that a slave could be put back into chains. Thus, being a slave to a good owner meant you were safe from the bad owners.

But George Washington signed the horrible 1793 Fugitive Slave Act which made the kidnappings possible in the first place. Yet, many in the south complained it wasn’t forceful enough which led to a reform. Even though Washington signed the bill into law doesn’t mean he supported its content. The Bill was passed by Congress, and since George Washington didn’t want more outrage over him vetoing it, he signed it into law. He was more worried about the stability of the young nation and figured moral conflict over such an emotional issue would break the nation in two. Especially if the move were made by its representative. The United States were still recovering from the Revolutionary war from England and they did not need a civil war. George Washington inclined to remain neutral in his professional position for the sake of the newborn nation, while supporting the freedom of all men in his private life.

Although he seemed to be privately opposed to slavery, Washington did nothing to end it in his public roles as a burgessman, member of the Continental Congress, or president. He never publicly spoke out against the institution, largely because of the destructive effect such a controversy would have on the fragile young republic.

George Washington- The Writer: A Treasury of Letters, Diaries, and Public Documents pg65

A letter from Robert Morris, friends with George Washington, before Washington’s feelings were public reveals Morris’ views. If Washington’s views were not yet public, we can only conclude that they shared a mutual distaste for slavery and that any letters written back to Morris were destroyed on purpose because of Washington’s position.

I hope it will not be conceived from these observations, that it is my wish to hold the unhappy people who are the subject of this letter, in slavery. I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, l to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it-

Robert Morris

George Washington The Writer- A Treasury of Letters, Diaries, and Public Documents pg 66

However, more solid proof that George Washington was in fact against slavery comes in a letter written by himself to Lawrence Lewis.

I wish from my Soul that Legislature of this State could see the policy of a gradual abolition of Slavery;

George Washington

George Washington Selected Writings- Pg 383 To Lawrence Lewis

It wouldn’t be until July 9, 1799 when Washington’s Last Will And Testament publicly revealed his opinion on slavery. He felt his opinion was so important that he published, printed, and distributed it throughout the country! For an official of his stature to make such a move on a controversial subject is like Donald Trump being open about illegal immigration and saying let’s put a wall up in 2017. This would have cost him money to publish because it would have been done by simple printing press, and money to distribute because it would have all been done on horseback. With the subject being taboo, it was unnatural for someone of his status to even speak on behalf of slaves.

If Washington hadn’t been one of the people to make one of these moves openly against slavery, others may not have had the courage to follow in his footsteps.

 

 

 

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3 Ways Trump Supporters Can Change Their Strategy

Not too long ago I decided to create my own group in my own little town only because people were very shy about being Trump supporters. Then the disaster in Charlottesville happened and it made me realize how much more more embarrassed people would be to be politically associated with Trump. I realized that Trump supporters had to change their entire strategy all around in order for the shier type to come out of the wood-works.

  1. When ANTIFA Plans Protests Don’t Go

They’re planning a nation wide protest for November 4th for the removal of Donald Trump for which I advise no counter protest. Let them riot in the streets and get arrested. The way to win this is to let them act like the fools they are and vandalize property for no reason. If it looks like they vandalized property for no reason at all when you don’t show up to counter their protest… then they look like idiots and it gets on locals nerves. Especially property owners who have had their property smashed over and over again. We want to stand for their freedom of speech too and we can do that by allowing them their own platform with their own protests and not counter protesting them at all. It’s also hard to stay organized when counter protesting, because you don’t know what exactly they have planned.

2. Switch to Silent Protests and Turn the Other Cheek

Now that the mainstream media is painting Trump and his supporters as white supremacists the best thing they can do for themselves is change their strategy. With ANTIFA using as much violence as they do, Trump supporters would highly benefit from simply locking arms, not saying a word, and allowing the urine, rocks, and feces to be thrown at them. Face it, the media is going to make you out to look like white supremacists if you defend yourself or others. There are many ways to winning a war and it doesn’t always take the loudest voice. Being silent amongst a crowd of people who are yelling insults, throwing vile things at you, and causing grave bodily harm is louder than any megaphone. Especially if you’re quiet, every ounce of noise will be coming from your opponents and in this day and age everything is recorded.

3. Do More Community Service

If you’re in your Trump hats just picking up trash, giving blood, or doing things that you don’t necessarily need an official stamp of approval for it looks better on both you and who you represent. This shows that you’re willing to put time aside to just focus on things that most don’t and it makes those who are calling you fascists look like the fascists. However, it feels good to do good for others, and it also alleviates the stress of being associated with the group.

Doing these three things in combination builds up a reputation for both you and the person you represent which will move you away naturally from the white supremacist label. You won’t have to rely on the media because it will be your actions based on a personal level through the positive light of volunteer work, and the negative light your opponents portray themselves as, without you in the picture, unless you are the victim. I know Donald Trump supporters are the type to hit back, but we should also believe that second place winner is first place loser. And we’re in it to win, because we need our country in one piece.