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Alexander Hamilton's Complicated Relationship to Slavery

July 8, 2020 in History

By Christopher Klein

The Founding Father opposed slavery, but he bought and sold enslaved people for his in-laws—and possibly even his own household.

, Hamilton wrote that “all men have one common origin: they participate in one common nature, and consequently have one common right.” While hardly approaching the extreme paradox of Thomas Jefferson’s espousal of independence while enslaving hundreds of people, Hamilton’s relationship to slavery came with its own complex contradictions.

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