George Wythe

Drawing by John Trumbull, 1791

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QUICK FACTS
BORN:
1726 in Elizabeth City County (now Hampton), Virginia
  DIED:
8 June 1806 in Richmond, Virginia
Buried at St. John’s Church in Richmond.

  • Taught law and prepared Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Marshal for the bar.
PLACES TO VISIT
Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

 

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)