Thomas Jefferson Condemns the British Empire for American Race Slavery

I couldn’t help but notice in the Declaration of Independence’s original rough draft that Thomas Jefferson explains at length how King George III was responsible for the transatlantic slave trade, and thus by extension, for the “peculiar institution” of race slavery in America (today’s meme is provided courtesy of Memecenter.com)

 

The British Empire is Responsible for American Race Slavery - Thomas Jefferson

 

Jefferson finishes his paragraph by saying:

 

“This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.”

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