The relationship of the leaders of the American Revolution to slavery is the subject of this interview. Questions are posed on why we need to understand the role of slavery in the nation's beginning, of how the Revolution's leaders founded a nation on liberty while maintaining slavery. There is discussion of how individual figures such as Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, Franklin, and others dealt with the issue of slavery. The last question discusses the way that the campaign against and end of slavery created the opportunity for others later in American history to claim their rights.
James H. Hershman Jr.
James H. Hershman, Jr., served as a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University's Government Affairs Institute from 1997 until his retirement in 2010. From 1995 to 1997, he served on the senior staff at the Brookings Institution. Before going to Brookings, he served as an instructor on congressional affairs for the federal government and earlier in his career held teaching positions at Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia. His Ph.D. in Southern History is from the University of Virginia. He contributed an essay to The Moderates' Dilemma: Massive Resistance to School Desegregation in Virginia and his articles and reviews have appeared in Journal of Southern History, Journal of Negro Education, and other journals and online publications. He continues to teach in Georgetown's Graduate Liberal Studies program.