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Presidential Slavery

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Presidential Slavery

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Presidential Slavery

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George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are revered as champions of human rights, but they were also slave owners. In two new books, historians argue that both men struggled with their conscience but used their power as president to perpetuate slavery.

Guests:

Henry Wiencek
*Author of An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America

Gary Wills
*Author of Negro President: Jefferson and the Slave Power