There could be no such thing as landed property originally. Man did not make the earth, and though he had a natural right to occupy it, he had no right to locate his property in perpetuity on any part of it.
Terra cotta; 18 3/4 x 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (47.625 x 39.37 x 31.75 cm). Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
By attacking slavery more fiercely than ever before, Revolutionary Americans freed tens of thousands of slaves. But the Revolution’s libertarian and egalitarian message had perverse consequences. It forced those Southerners who chose to retain slavery to fall back on the alleged racial deficiencies of blacks as a justification for an institution that hitherto they had taken for granted and had never before needed to justify. The anti-slavery movement that arose out of the Revolution inadvertently produced racism in America.
— Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT PORTREVOLT
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