Letter: Franklin Pierce was not a slave owner

Published: 10/13/2019 12:01:30 AM
Modified: 10/13/2019 12:01:15 AM

Regarding Jonathan Baird’s column (Monitor Forum, Oct. 10) about aiming for honesty about the subject of slavery, I agree with him that we must be truthful about American history when it comes to this delicate issue.

Slavery, of course, is a grievous wrong and one of the great advances in the modern day world is its eradication. However, let it be said, that it still occurs today, though in a different form – in the black market of human trafficking and child prostitution.

In addition, I feel a need to point out that slavery has been practiced not just in the United States but throughout history and on every continent in the world. It has become illegal only within the last few centuries due to a gradual awakening in our worldwide collective consciousness. Thank God for people like the abolitionists here in New England in the last century and for those brave souls like Abraham Lincoln and William Wilberforce in England who courageously advocated for emancipation.

There is one point, however, in the interests of loyalty to our native state, with which I take exception to Baird’s article. He states that every U.S. president up to the time of Lincoln, except for the Adamses, owned slaves. However, let it be said clearly – Franklin Pierce never had any.




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