Jonathan Edwards, slave owner

Wed 23 Oct 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

If you use Wikipedia as your source you will get a very strange take on slave ownership in the article about the preacher Jonathan Edwards:

In 1747 Edwards took in a slave, “a Negro girl named Venus”. He purchased the girl for 80 pounds from a man named Richard Perkins of Newport. Edwards was well known for such acts of charity and hospitality (from Glaros, A History of New England, 1997, no longer in print).

Edwards paid a whole year’s salary for the slave and then she worked for the family and was never freed. Slave owning has never been defined as an act “of charity and hospitality.” Who did this? Eeek?

Wikipedia. Needs editing!


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