John Woolman – August 17, 1771

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s August 17, 1771. I’m at a slave auction in Richmond, Virginia, with Quaker John Woolman.

JG: “Mr. Woolman, as a Quaker, why are you here?”

JW: “Mr. Gillespie, I am here as an American and as a Christian who believes that slavery is evil. If we are true lovers of liberty, we must speak out and act against it.”

John Woolman and many Quakers along with a number of founding fathers did speak out against slavery, taking 75 years to end it’s evil in America.

Read more about John Woolman and his fight against slavery in America.


John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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