American History Books Must Include Minority Abuse – Colorado Daily


Recently there has been a lot of talk about teaching American history.

In the past, and perhaps a little less in the present, the full story of our history and the Founding Fathers has not been presented. The inspiring and impressive accomplishments of the founders were highlighted. The fact that many of the founders were slave owners has been downplayed or ignored. In addition, the truly horrific evils of slavery and the mistreatment of black people under the Jim Crow laws have received very limited coverage.

In addition, the genocide of the Amerindians was little mentioned. This biased presentation of US history paved the way for the growth and flourishing of white supremacist ideas and the continued abuse of minorities.

In recent times, the criticisms of many founders regarding their status as slave owners have attracted widespread attention and created controversy. Many believe that pointing out this fact is unfair to the founders. Those who believe this way think that the founders are judged by today’s standards rather than those of their time.

I believe the Founding Fathers, especially Thomas Jefferson with his words in the Declaration of Independence, have inspired people around the world through time. Although the founders took positive positions and actions, including rejecting the idea of ​​a monarchy, they were human beings with flaws.

These failures do not mean that their achievements have not happened. However, their major flaws must also be recognized.

I dispute that the founders are held to the standards of today instead of those of their time. This statement is an insult to the intelligence of the founders. This implies that the founders and their society did not know that slavery was bad. I think supporting slavery was an opportunity, putting profit before values. Slavery allowed the economy to grow and the country to prosper economically while killing the soul of the nation.

The compromises needed to pass the Constitution show that many opposed slavery. In addition, the opposition of many well-known figures during the 18th century is recorded. is the source for most of the following:

One of the most ardent opponents of slavery was Abigail Adams, strongly supported by her husband, the second American president, John Adams.

For example, in a letter of 1774 to John Adams, she wrote: “I sincerely wish that there were no slaves in this province. It has always struck me as a most iniquitous plan – to fight for what we steal and loot daily from those who have as much right to freedom as we do. She viewed slavery as a sin and an evil.

Others who were against slavery included Benjamin Franklin, who became a public abolitionist in 1787 and president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery. John Jay, the first chief justice of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette, John Laurens (a close friend of George Washington) and Alexander Hamilton were also strong opponents of slavery.

Laurens was a strong public defender of the end of slavery. In a letter to a friend in 1776 he wrote: “I think that we Americans at least in the southern colonies cannot fight with good grace, for freedom, until we have freed our slaves. . How can we… come to terms with our fiery assertions of the rights of humanity, the abject and infuriating slavery of our negroes… ”

There is a remarkable article, “African Slavery in America” ​​which was published in March 1775 in the Pennsylvania Journal by a contributor signed “Justice and Humanity”.

The article begins: “TO Americans: That some desperate wretches are prepared to rob and enslave men by violence and murder for gain is rather lamentable than strange. But that many civilized people, even Christianized, approve of and care about the savage practice, is surprising; and still persists, although it has so often been proven contrary to the light of nature, to all principles of justice and humanity, and even to good politics… ”

The laundering of the history of the United States has created an uninformed population who believe that the United States is acting for the good of the world in its illegal interventions.

Just as our founders put profit before people and values, so do our current leaders both nationally and in our interventions in other countries. If we don’t understand that we are not an exceptional nation, we will not be able to work with other nations on the existential problems of climate change and nuclear war.


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