Arthur St. Clair

Portrait by Charles Willson Peale, 1782—84

QUICK FACTS
BORN:
23 March 1737 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland
  DIED:
31 August 1818 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

  • Along with the 23-year-old George Washington, participated in General Braddock’s march against Fort Duquesne, during the French and Indian War, in 1755.
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Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

 

Racial prejudice worked to perpetuate American slavery, even if it was not essential to sustain the institution. Slavery, serfdom, and peonage had existed elsewhere without racial connotations. Indeed, bondage had been so historically ubiquitous one might well ask why, by the 1760’s, it had come to trouble so many white Americans so much. The answer lies in part — and this part help explain why people like Mason did not act more aggressively on their concerns — in the reservations many whites felt about living alongside members of a supposedly inferior race, whether slave or free. The problem was inherent in American slavery, and emancipation, by undermining white control, would only make it worse.

Jeff Broadwater
George Mason: Forgotten Founder (2006)