Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America's Founding Fathers

About This Episode


Thomas Jefferson's "all men are created equal" is the most powerful ideal that comes out of the American Revolution. At the time of the writing of this phrase, the origins of America were already seeded with a cruel paradox: many of the liberty-loving Southern Founding Fathers were also slave owners - including Jefferson, George Washington James Madison and Patrick Henry.

To better understand the men responsible for America’s greatest victories and most heinous sins, Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America's Founding Fathers explores the paradox of America’s Founding Fathers being champions of liberty - and yet simultaneously champions of slavery.