Published On: Sat, May 29th, 2010

African-American Founding Fathers! A suppressed history -Fox news


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Peter Salem

Glenn Beck has been looking at the founders of American on “Founders Friday.” This week, he and some historians looked at black Americans who were present at the founding of America and had important roles in our country’s independence.

One of those was Peter Salem, who can be found in a painting of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

In the painting of the Battle of Lexington,  the people assembled here are members of Rev. Jonas Clark’s congregation.  They were a congregation of both black and white Americans. One of those men was Prince Estabrook, a black American.

Remember the famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware?  Near the front of the boat you will see Prince Whipple helping row the boat, as well as a woman.  All Americans were involved in winning our independence.

There is another painting of Marquis de Lafayette, the Frenchman who so greatly helped George Washington with our troops, and James Armistead. Armistead was an American double-spy who helped get information from the British and feed them bad information about us. His service was pivotal to our success at the Battle of Yorktown…which effectively won the American Revolution for us.

One of the guests on Beck’s show was David Barton, founder of WallBuilders and author of “American History in Black and White.”  Another was Dr. Lucas Morel, a professor at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and author of “Lincoln’s Sacred Effort.” Barton goes into greater detail about Armistead’s role in American history, as well as the friendship between Lafayette and Armistead.

Barton also talked about Wentworth Cheswell, who is considered the first black American elected to public office.  We all know about Paul Revere’s famous ride warning that the British were coming, but Cheswell rode in another direction to give the same warning.

At one point, Barton points out that obviously at some point in history, since many of these black founders show up in various paintings of the Revolution, we knew about the role of black Americans in our founding. Somewhere along the way, like many historical facts, this has been forgotten.

There is also considerable discussion of Frederick Douglass, who is better known in history and someone Beck calls a “re-founder.”  Barton says Douglass once believed the “Three-Fifths Compromise” was a terrible affront to enslaved black Americans and that it rendered the U.S. Constitution totally corrupt.  However, when he studied the Constitution along with the notes from the Constitutional Convention, he realized it was an anti-slavery document.

The bulk of the founders recognized that slavery was wrong and was counter to the ideals of freedom upon which the American Revolution was based.  However, there were some in the South who wanted to preserve slavery in the United States, and the impasse threatened the union of our fledgling nation. As a compromise, they came up with the idea of counting slaves as “three-fifths” for the purposes of representation and apportionment.

If a slave was not worthy of freedom like any other American, then he should not really be counted for the purposes of representation and apportionment.  Of course, the Southern states saw how this would hurt them in the federal government, so they compromised by counting slaves at three-fifths of a free person. It made it harder for pro-slavery states to get as much representation in congress; thus the anti-slavery states would have greater representation in apportionment…and in making laws for the nation in general. This gave the Southern states an incentive to free their slaves so that their overall population numbers would increase and thus give the Southern states greater representation and apportionment.

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Of course, the truth doesn’t fit the liberal narrative of America as an evil place, a place founded by evil rich slave-owning white guys (and there is some truth to that: some founders were wealthy, and some did own slaves) that has always been a place of great inequality.  The truth doesn’t advance the culture of victimhood promoted by the modern Left in America.  The reality of our history–both good and bad–must be sanitized and revised and rewritten, therefore, in order for the Left to fundamentally alter our present and future public policy.

People like Lemuel Haynes (as well as some of these other black American historical figures) throw a lot of water on that revisionist narrative, however.  Haynes was a black American, born to a white woman and a black man.  He became a minister and pastored a church with a white congregation, and also fought in the militia in the American Revolution. Barton says that he always preached a special sermon about George Washington on Washington’s birthday every year.

There was Benjamin Banneker, a black American who was involved in the planning of Washington D.C. and was said to be very intelligent and involved with building clocks and predicting eclipses. – Dakotavoice.com

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  • Howard Blu

    Good stuff. Truth is fascinating but will be opposed because the race-whores won't be able to profit from the truth. They need lies, hate and distrust!

    • bill eger

      Can't fix stupid

  • Rob Houck

    It is an atrocity how the Leftists/Marxists have re-written history. They are the authors of the K-12 and college text-books, which are full of errors and partisan lies. This is a mind-boggling abomination. There are no ends to which the Leftists/Marxists will go in their aspiration to indoctrinate America's youth and anyone else they can deceive.

    America's real history and other truths must be spread to the people of this great country if we are to remain free. The direction America is heading doesn't look good, which is a colossal understatement.

    Well done. Keep up the good work.

    • bill eger

      Ditto what rob said

  • paul goldston

    i say this so much of american history has delected the most interesting people AFRO- AMERICANS IN WHICH THEY WERE PART OF THIS COUNTRY AND WERE LEFT OUT . BECAUSE OF COLOR , AMERICAN HISTORY NEEDS TO BE REWRITTEN AND INCLUDE SOME OF THE BLACK AMERICANS THAT WERE TRUE TO THIS COUN TRY DURING THE AMERICAN REVOULTION , IF IT WASN'T FOR BLACK AMERICAN , AMERICA WOULD BE UNDER BRITISH RULE , AS SOME OUR FOREFATHERS LIKE GEORGE WASHINGTON , IF HE WAS STERILE

    THAT MAKE SOME AMERICANS BASTARDS , SO I SAY THE DAR START TRACING YOUR ROOTS YOU'LL FIND THAT SOMEONE BLACK HAD TO PUT AMERICA ON ITS FET , AND SO WE BLACKS AMERICANS NEED TO STAND UP AND BE MORE COUNTED IN THE SO CALLED AMERICAN HISTORY AND BEYOND , IN THE MEANWHILE START CHECKING ANCESTRY , WASHINGTON . JEFFERSON , QUINCY ADAMS , TAFT , KENNEDY , ROOSEVELT .

    DID YOU DAR'S KNOW THAT LINCOLN HAD A LOVER OR BETSY ROSS HAD A ILLEGITATE DAUGHTER OR FRANKLIN HAD A BISEXUAL NATURE WITH MEN AND WOMEN .

    SO ON THAT NOTE CHECK IT TWICE BEFORE EXCLUDING AFRO AMERICANS IN HISTORY ANYTIME THE DAR'S EXCLUDED MARION ANDERSON I BELIEVE THAT THE DAR'S ARE BIAS BECAUSE THEIR IS SOME

    NEGROES IN THE WOODPILE , SO AMERICAN HISTORY AND DAR'S NEED TO GET THEIR ACT IN SHAPE BECAUSE ITS AT A RAGGERLY STATE , AS A BLACK AMERICAN I CAN SAY , BLACK AMERICANS STAND UP , TO SET THE HISTORY STRAIGHT , GUYS LETS IT TOGETHER HERE . NOW ITS 2011 HAVE SOME GUTS TO STAND UP ABOUT EXCLUSIVITY OF AFRO -AMERICANS

    TAKE THE PRODUCER WHO EXLUDED THE MIXED RACIAL CUOPLE IN TITANIC NEVER WAS MENTION I THINK THAT WAS A DISGRACE , OF THAT PRODUCER THAT DIDN'T DO HIS HOMEWORK , SO BLACK AMERICA DO YOUR HOMEWORK TO SET THE RECORD CORRECT AND RIGHT .

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  • http://1cecilia1980@gmail.com cecilia frank

    I was looking up a book and came across this. thank you so much. I wish I could have seen the whole piece. Glad I saw what I did. The Suppressed History of America, this is the book I was looking for.

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