David Barton Tells Listeners Virginia Law Kept Slave Owners from Emancipating Slaves; Admits it Happened in New Edition of The Jefferson Lies

Yesterday, David Barton said again that Virginia law did not allow slave owners to free their slaves. He usually tries to make that case in relationship to Thomas Jefferson, but yesterday on his Wallbuilders' program, he said George Mason could not free his slaves because of Virginia law.At about 37 seconds into this clip from the program, Barton says Mason didn't free his slaves "because in Virginia it was illegal for guys like him to release their own slaves." Listen:I have … [Read more...]

A Challenge to WND and David Barton on Thomas Jefferson and Slavery

Late last night, World Net Daily published another "exclusive" promo piece for David Barton's The Jefferson Lies. This one focuses on Thomas Jefferson's relationship to his slaves and repeats Barton's overconfident denial that Jefferson fathered any of Sally Heming's children. We did not take up that claim in Getting Jefferson Right because there is no way to know for sure what happened.However, the unknown author of the WND article then comes after me (and my co-author Michael Coulter … [Read more...]

Robert Carter III: A Forgotten Hero David Barton Doesn’t Want You to Remember

Fred Clark at Patheos reminds us that today is the day that Robert Carter III filed his deed of emancipation at the Northumberland District Court in 1791.Regular readers of this blog will know that Robert Carter wrote what he called a "deed of gift" that set in motion the largest emancipation of slaves in the United States prior to the Civil War. Carter's deed listed 452 slaves to be emancipated throughout the remainder of Carter's life. To see parts of the six page deed, click here. See the … [Read more...]

August 1 – Robert Carter Appreciation Day

On August 1, 1791, Robert Carter wrote a deed of emancipation for 452 of his slaves. Although no slaves were freed that day, he set in motion the largest emancipation in the United States until the Civil War. Carter finished the six page document on August 1, and then filed it in the Northumberland Courthouse on September 5, 1791. You can read "the first day of August" in the oval below.Carter was moved to consider freedom for his slaves after a move toward first the Baptist faith and then … [Read more...]

More Evidence David Barton is Wrong About Jefferson and Slavery: Robert Carter’s Emancipation Deed

I talked about Robert Carter in a prior post. Carter set in motion a plan to free his slaves beginning on August 1, 1791. Fresh from the Northumberland District Court in Heathsville, Virginia, I have copies of the Deed of Gift which Carter filed on August 1, 1791. I will pull out a couple of pieces of it and then provide links to all the pages which you can click through to review.David Barton wrote in The Jefferson Lies that Thomas Jefferson was unable to free his slaves due to Virginia … [Read more...]

David Barton’s whitewash of Thomas Jefferson as a slave owner

In Getting Jefferson Right, we examine David Barton's claims about Thomas Jefferson's role as a slave owner and supporter of emancipation for slaves. Jefferson did make several efforts toward emancipation and spoke about the evils of slavery. However, there is another side to Jefferson as a slave owner that Barton whitewashes in The Jefferson Lies.In the book we examine three main questions: could Jefferson have freed his slaves under Virginia law? Was Jefferson merely a passive slave owner? … [Read more...]