“All Men are Created Equal ……….
... and are born with certain inalienable rights.”
Oh, and how about the criminal act of kidnapping (and murder). That must be there somewhere also in the Constitution too.
Slavery of black Africans went on in “free” America from 1619, when a Dutch ship was blown off its course to Latin America and sold its cargo in the English colonies, until 1865 when the 13th amendment was passed. That’s 246 years of Slavery!
Men and women were kidnapped from their families and taken to a foreign land to work in the sun and humidity from sunrise to sunset. No one did anything before the Declaration of Independence except talk about freedom for themselves. Also no one did anything in the years after the country was started (1776 to 1861, 85 years) until a federal supply fort set up by the North was seized by the South and at the true reason for the war came to light, the South had become an economic issue for the Northern states.
“Freedom”, “Liberty”, “Equality.” Were the founding fathers two faced??? What is this??? A list titled “Negros” of 317 slaves owned by President George Washington in his own handwriting???
Christianity Sanctioned Slavery.
The African slave trade was almost entirely conducted by Christians. They transported their victims to the New World in slave ships with names such as "Mercy" and "Jesus," where they were bought by Christians, both Catholic and Protestant. Protestant preachers defended slavery from the pulpit in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. While many abolitionists were Christians, they were a very small group, and were hated by the vast majority of their fellow Christians.
The God believing Christians supported and engaged in slavery were constantly quoting the Bible, There are numerous biblical passages that they used to justify slavery, such as Exodus 21:20–21: "And if a man smite his servant, or his maid with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money." Passages that support slavery include
Servants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ Ephesians 6:5,
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice as menpleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God. Colossians 3:22,
9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things, not gainsaying,
10 not purloining, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. Titus 2:9–10
44 Both thy bondmen and thy bondmaids, whom thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen who are round about you. From them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.
45 Moreover of the children of the strangers who sojourn among you, from them shall ye buy and from their families who are with you, whom they begot in your land; and they shall be your possession.
46 and ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession. They shall be your bondmen for ever. But over your brethren, the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigor. Leviticus 25:44–46,
Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh 1 Peter 2:18,
All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God's name and our teaching may not be slandered. 1 Timothy 6:1.
2 “If you buy a Hebrew slave, he may serve for no more than six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom.
3 If he was single when he became your slave, he shall leave single. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife must be freed with him.
4 “If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave and they had sons or daughters, then only the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master.
5 But the slave may declare, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children. I don’t want to go free.’
6 If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door or doorpost and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will serve his master for life. Exodus 21:2–6,
Christian slave owners in colonial America quoted these specific verses.
To illustrate the true nature of Lincoln, consider the third paragraph of his inaugural address as it relates to his emancipation of the true 13th Amendment and Lincoln’s word:
“I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.”
– 3rd paragraph, Abraham Lincoln Inaugural Address, Monday, March 4, 1861.