How Christian Were the Founders?

  • The New York Times Magazine (14-Feb-2010) has an interesting article called How Christian Were the Founders? It covers the overwhelming influence of Texas on other state school curricula. Ultimately it is spare in its coverage of what the Founders actually thought. What's interesting is how the revolution continues to be important in issues that affect the United States today.
JDN | 7-Jun-2010

[Of those opposed to slavery,] George Washington belonged, with Mason and Jefferson, in the hardest category — disapproving owners. Theirs was the most difficult position to maintain, psychologically and rhetorically. It would not be maintained over the next sixty years, as southern antislavery rhetoric withered. Practically and politically, disapproving owners were in the hardest position from which to achieve their goals. How do you weaken an institution in which you and all your neighbors are enmeshed? Washington did enough, finally, to free his own slaves, which was more than many owners in his position did. Jefferson never freed all his, nor did any of the other slave-owning presidents.

Richard Brookhiser
Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (1996)