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The textbooks our children read and statements made to them by their teachers often characterize  the Founders as hypocrites who sought freedom for themselves but found it entirely acceptable for slavery to remain a common practice in the newly founded United States of America. The next time your child suggests to you that all the Founders were in favor of slavery, read this statement made by John Jay in a private letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush on March 24, 1785:

“I wish to see all unjust and all unnecessary discriminations everywhere abolished and that the time may soon come when all our inhabitants of every colour and denomination shall be free and equal partakers of our political liberty.”

 

Aurora borealis above the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean, Oct. 4, 2015.Photo by  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall