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On Monday, NBC News published a 1768-word article detailing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s slave ancestors.
It concludes that two of his great-great-grandfathers, James McConnell and Richard Daley, owned at least 14 slaves in total in Alabama, according to the 1850 and 1860 censuses.
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It also implies that Sen. McConnell’s background of slave ancestors could have influenced his policymaking, examining his history of statements about civil rights public figures and with regard to various civil rights legislation.
At a press conference, Sen. McConnell was asked whether he was aware that two of his great-great-grandfathers were slave owners and whether that information would prompt him to change his positions on reparations.
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He responded, “I find myself once again in the same position as President Obama. We both oppose reparations and we both are the descendants of slave owners.”
In 2007, William Reitwiesner, an amateur genealogical researcher, published a history of former President Obama’s white mother’s family.
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It showed that Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Duvall, owned a pair of slaves, and Obama’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves in Kentucky, according to the 1850 census record.
Using census information and documents from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, publications like The Baltimore Sun retraced and confirmed President Obama’s ancestry to those slave owners.
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At the time, an Obama spokesman did not dispute the information and stated that the then senator’s ancestors “are representative of America.”
According to Ancestry.com, it is important to note that Obama’s mother is also a descendant from a slave named John Punch as well, a man who was deemed the first African to...
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