Genealogist finds evidence showing Biden ancestors owned slaves
Genealologist Alexander Bannerman found evidence that two ancestors of President Joe Biden owned paternal slaves in the 19th century.
The discovery is published in Bannerman's book The Bidens: Inside the Fifty-Year Rise to Power by the First Family, according to Politico.
Biden's great-great-great-grandfather, Jesse Robinett, owned two slaves in Maryland according to the 1800 census, Bennerman found out during his research.
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Another Biden great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Randle, enslaved a 14-year-old boy in the mid-19th century, according to census records and other documents.
Bannerman pointed out that Biden's family history in the United States dates back to colonial times and that his family's ties to slavery are relatively low.
"Not many ancestors and not many slaves," said Bannerman. His book will be published on September 21st.
Biden isn't the only high-ranking politician whose family owned slaves.
Former President Barack Obama, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, and former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke all have ancestors who owned slaves, Business Insider reported.
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"We all need to know our own history in relation to national history, just as I learn mine," wrote O'Rourke of his family history. "Only then, I believe, can we take the necessary steps to repair the damage done and to stop visiting this injustice with the generations that follow us."
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