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according to Michelle B. Bernard about 1/3 of those were slave owners including two of the three writers of the declaration, Thomas Jefferson who owned over 150 slaves, and ben Franklin who only owned 2 but those were house servants who he promptly let go and took up the task of abolitionism. Thomas Jefferson also freed his slaves at death but the financial situation of debt he left led to the acquisition of his estate so it is hard to say how many went free.

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about 1/3 of them were slave owners including 2 out of the three writers: thomas Jefferson who owned over 150 slave. he gave them freedom at his death bed but sinse he was in such deep debt his estate was acquired so it is hard to tell how many were. Ben Franklin the second owned two house servants but he soon liberated that and became one of the fervid founding members of the Pennsylvania Abolition movement

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It is said that 1/3 of the founding fathers were slave owners.

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No. You have to consider what the meaning of "founding fathers" are. Founding something requires laying fundamental building blocks. All of our founding fathers were not white, because many different people are responsible for the development of The United States. An example would be Greece. They qualify as a founding father for The United States. They were the first culture to install democracy into their culture after winner battles Salamis and Marathon. Our country used their method of democracy to establish government. Another example of America's founding fahers were the slaves. Slaves were the main income for agriculture. Agriculture was the fundamental building to America's Industrial Revolution. Look into the history books of our country. The founding fathers are in the pages of books. You just have to look for them. The true founding fathers of this nation were just not men signing documentation, they have definded the world we see around us each and everyday. I hope that answers your question.

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The founding fathers of the United States did not abolish slavery right away because it was something that they found useful. There were many slaves working in state houses in Pennsylvania at the time the Declaration of Independence was signed. Many families had slaves to do the cooking and cleaning in the northern states.

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