A dark history of American presidents who owned slaves

The unsavory story about US presidents and slavery

Stars Insider

09/05/24 | StarsInsider


Slavery was legal in the United States from its beginning as a nation. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, slaveholding was common among the statesmen who served as president. In all, 12 chief executives enslaved people during their lifetime; of these, eight owned slaves while in office. The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution formally abolished slavery in 1865, but the history of the American presidency’s relationship to slavery remains an uncomfortable one. So, who are these White House incumbents that were also enslavers?

Click through for the unsavory story about US presidents and slavery.

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