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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Washington, DC
Sunday, September 12, 2010

In "Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution," Professor David Waldstreicher asserts that Franklin’s antislavery credentials were exaggerated. He claims that Franklin owned a series of slaves between 1735-1781, complained about the ease with which slaves escaped to the British army during wartime, and profited from the global and domestic slave trade.

Updated: Friday, November 26, 2010 at 4:45pm (ET)

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