Asked in Founding FathersHistory of the United StatesBenjamin Franklin
What was Ben Franklin's view on slavery?
September 13, 2011 3:22PM
Benjamin Franklin was against slavery, and it was one of the last things he fought for in his life as a senator of Pennsylvania. He was the President of Pennsylvania's Antislavery Society. However, most of the Founding Generation were against slavery (including John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and, although a bit hypocritically, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington - who had his slaves freed after he and his wife, Martha, died), yet they realized that the country was too frail to really risk forcing the issue.
Franklin was against slavery for the simple reason that it was not economically beneficial. that, and the fact, Franklin learned slaves were intellectually equal to non slaves, led him to the belief that slavery was a waste. that no good came of it. Franklin's creed was that the greatist good man could do was to do good to his fellow man.