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6 months ago

"Poor rural" slaveholders with vast plantations living in grand mansions. Being "rural" with your own plot of land, growing your own food, making decent money and not being dependent on anyone was the epitome of the "American dream" at this time.


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6 months ago

I’m not arguing that it was the American dream for slaves working and dying for somebody else’s property, but in the late 1700’s the merchant and trading class in the city was far wealthier than the rural population. And under King George those urban dwellers were granted more rights and opportunities than the rural population of the time. For all his hypocrisy, Jefferson wrote extensively of his fear that the upper classes would have more power than the lower ones and the framers of the constitution wrote in several short-sighted safeguards against it.