Thursday, July 22, 2010
During the hard-fought Haitian Revolution, which occurred roughly a decade after the US Revolution, the government of George Washington, which talked about ‘liberty to all men’, entered the conflict, but not on the side of liberty. The Washington Administration authorized the grant of $400000 — a vast sum in the 1800s — not to support the forces of freedom, but to the white planters. They sent money to the French for arms and food to support their resistance to the uprising. America’s secretary of state, Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Constitution, did the actual paperwork. When it came to slavery or freedom, the Americans, slaveowners themselves, chose slavery to support.