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Is Michele Bachmann Rewriting American History?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is standing by a couple of statements that some say rewrite American history.

Earlier this year she said the Founding Fathers worked "tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”

Founding Fathers including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves themselves, and slavery wasn't abolished until after the Civil War, when the Founding Fathers were long dead.

The Huffington Post reports that George Stephanopoulos grilled her about in on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday:

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Bachmann: Well you know what’s marvelous is that in this country and under our constitution, we have the ability when we recognize that something is wrong to change it. And that’s what we did in our country. We changed it. We no longer have slavery. That’s a good thing. And what our Constitution has done for our nation is to give us the basis of freedom unparalleled in the rest of the world.

Stephanopoulos: I agree with that…

Bachmann: That’s what people want...they realize our government is taking away our freedom.

Stephanopoulos: But that’s not what you said. You said that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery.

Bachmann: Well if you look at one of our Founding Fathers, John Quincy Adams, that’s absolutely true. He was a very young boy when he was with his father serving essentially as his father’s secretary. He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery...

Stephanopoulos: He wasn’t one of the Founding Fathers – he was a president, he was a Secretary of State, he was a member of Congress, you’re right he did work to end slavery decades later. But so you are standing by this comment that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery?

Regarding whether John Quincy Adams could be considered a Founding Father since he was just a boy at the time, Bachmann said, "Well, John Quincy Adams most certainly was a part of the Revolutionary War era. He was a young boy but he was actively involved."