Stark, John

NY — 16 August 1777.
Bennington, VT — An obelisk marks the site where military supplies were stored and commemorates the battle that took place two miles away in New York.
Bennington, VT — An obelisk marks the site where military supplies were stored and commemorates the battle that took place two miles away in New York.
New Castle, NH — Overlooking the Piscataqua River, Little Harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean, Fort Stark was named in honor of General John Stark, commander of New Hampshire forces at the Battle of Bennington (1777).
Medford, MA — Completed by Isaac Royall in 1739, the house is an expansion of an older brick house and is considered one of the finest 18th-century buildings in New England. The Slave Quarters is the only such structure in the northern U.S.

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)