AdedolapoadenijiPrimaryreview 1 1.In The Virginia Statue of Religious Liberties, didn’t understand the connectionbetween the church and state. He didn’t like how the church controlledeverything and how there impose the will on other and those outside of thechurch. He said instead of the church to allow it people to form their ownbelieves and will there impose theirs. Jefferson felt the church was takingaway the right of the people, which cause people not to speak their mindbecause they fear the repercussion. Civil right should not depend on believesor religion according to Jefferson, the state should not sponsors religion andthat a judge should pass judgment based upon is religion or believes butaccording to the law. People should be able to speak freely without beingprosecuted.2.
Delegation in the constitutional debates onslavery most maintained that that slavery should be kept, and that it willbenefit the country. The more the slave the more the country benefits, Mr.Pinkney claimed that other countries had done it as well, so it was not aproblem.
He used other countries that had slavery to justify why it was right,while somewanted the import of slave but should be taxed. The south Carolina delegatewanted slavery to continue but the Georgia delegate wanted slavery to stop.3.In the Constitutional Debates on Slavery, some of the delegates argued againstor wanted to limit the use of the slave trade and the use of slaves.
Thedelegates that either wanted to limit the slave trade or stop it knew thatslavery was wrong and unjust. Colonel Manson argued that continuing slaverywould cause God to be angry with the country because it was wrong and unjust.Mr.
Elsworth wanted to limit slavery because it would be too expensive toimport slaves, so they should use poor laborers. He was not totally againstslavery; he just wanted to use another way to limit slavery. Mr.
Dickensoncompletely disagreed with slavery; he thought that if countries like Englandand France were unhappy with their slaves, then the American states would beunhappy also. He was concerned about the happiness of the country. ThomasJefferson’s views on slavery and race in Jefferson on Race and Slavery, justifiedwhite supremacy in many ways. Jefferson based his views mainly of the outwardappearance of the black slaves. He thought that what made a person greater orlesser was their race, and the black slaves were the lesser race. A person’sbeauty was determined by the color of their skin; dark skin was ugly andunpleasant while white skin was beautiful. Jefferson believed that whites werefar better than blacks because blacks had less reason, and they were dull.
Hebelieved that the black slaves did not have the ability to reason and becreative. He mentions the outward appearance of black slaves as inferior bysaying that they have less hair in contrast to the silky long hair of whites.He even went as far as to say that the bodily functions of whites and blacksworked differently. Jefferson’s view on slavery was that black slaves couldnever become a part of society they did not think like the whites; they did nothave the same views. He also thought that black slaves could never be a part ofsociety because the whites wanted to preserve their “whiteness”; having blacksas a part of society would pollute them. It would belittle the whites if ablack person was a part of society and lived as a regular person instead of aslave.
4.Benjamin Banneker completely refuted Thomas Jefferson’s views in his Letter toThomas Jefferson; he did not believe in anything that Thomas Jefferson said.Banneker sent the letter to Jefferson because he wanted Jefferson to know thathis support of white supremacy was wrong and he wanted Jefferson to change hisprejudice views. According to Banneker, when God created every human being, hecreated everyone the same with no partiality. The only difference was the skincolor; but skin color did not need to be an issue.
Skin color had nothing to dowith who a person was; once skin color is removed everyone looks the same.Banneker pointed out Jefferson hypocrisy because Jefferson claimed that “allmen are created equal”. Jefferson was guilty of what he did not want othersdoing, which was taking away the rights and liberties of people. AlthoughJefferson was against taking away people’s rights, he still thought it wasright to take away the rights of black people; this to Banneker was a doublestandard. Banneker strongly believed that if the United States stopped seeingrace and color, there would be no problems. The root of slavery was because of skin color; the darkerskin color was deemed as a disagreeable color, and the lighter skin was seen asbeautiful. He hoped that the country would stop seeing the black African raceas a lesser race, and if the whites just saw the blacks for who they reallywere and treat them with respect and kindness, then the prejudices would stopand blacks and whites could live together in peace.