Things changed a lot from 1789 to 1861. Washington would have shot John Brown in the head.This one's easy.
With tremendous reluctance, considering the effort he and his generation put into fighting the Revolution, writing the Constitution and guiding the US through its first decades, Washington would have shot Jefferson Davis in the head.
He may well have shot John Brown in the head, for breaking the law. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't have still shot Jefferson Davis in the head as well, for the same reason but a different crime.Things changed a lot from 1789 to 1861. Washington would have shot John Brown in the head.
Washington would surely have considered shooting Sumner in the head, or at the very least kicking his but*.Things changed a lot from 1789 to 1861. Washington would have shot John Brown in the head.
What was Washington's policy in regard to the Haitian Revolution of 1791 (a slave insurrection)?
If that's an accurate quote, then it answers the question. Randolph was secretary of state from January 1794 to August 1795, so that would have been during Washington's second term and not that many years from the end of his time in office and the end of his life, so it's doubtful he'd have changed his mind after that late date, not after years of fighting to establish and stabilize the Union. Whether the circumstances of the 1860s would make a difference or not in his thinking is impossible to say, but I doubt it."During his presidency, the preeminent Founding Father made the startling, indeed, amazing, remark that if the Union split apart into North and South, 'he had made up his mind to remove and be of the Northern.' He made the comment to his secretary of state, Edmund Randolph; it was recorded by Jefferson." [Henry Wiencek, An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America, p. 362]
Or conceivable. Washington wasn't Robert E. Lee. There's no evidence whatsoever that Washington would have chosen Virginia over the United States (after all, particularly his United States). He as likely, or more likely, would instead have fought to get Virginia back from the Confederacy.If the George Washington of 1789 was faced with the secession of 1861 it would have been inconceivable of him to have waged war on his native Virginia. Virginia was his native land, not the USA
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