When the American colonies sought their independence from Great Britain, there was not a nation on the earth that did not practice slavery. The whole world had fallen so far from what God intended us to be that slavery was universal. In fact, the king of England was part owner of the Royal African Company, which trafficked slaves. George Washington and George Mason petitioned the king of England in the 1760’s to end slavery but were denied.
“He (the king of England) has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither… determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold… suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.”
John Adams wrote on April 26, 1777:
“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.”