When someone says: "the American Founding Fathers were hypocrites because the wrote that all men are created equal but most of them owned slaves" are misunderstanding history. First, they were not addressing slavery, they were addressing the divine right of kings, which gave the king and nobles the right to rule because God selected them. Second, Washington, Jefferson and Adams were perhaps the most progressive, liberal thinkers on earth in 1776. They grew up in a world where slavery was common and viewed as necessary. Slavery had existed for thousands of years in nearly every culture in the world, including the native people of Africa and the Americas. The American Founding Fathers were the first people who dared to question the morality of slavery. They were the very people who started us down the path of ending slavery. When we project our modern views onto them, we are ignoring the place where they started. Our type of thinking didn't exist yet....the very concept of a world without slavery was revolutionary and they had to take us to the starting point. Demanding that dead people in the past meet our values today, is as ridiculous as demanding that when the Montgolfier brothers invented the hot air balloon in 1783, that they should have built a 747 passenger jet instead.