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Posted December 31, 2012
An interesting look at a different Thomas Jefferson than usually portrayed by historians
This well documented account shows a Jefferson obviously in conflict with his own stated views of society and the meaning of equality as stated in the Declaration of Independence. He had to convince himself of the intellectual inferiority of the Africans his society had enslaved in order to justify his actions regarding his own slaves including Sally Hemmings. He apparently placed his own economic well-being ahead of his principles and supported his actions with his rationalizations concerning race. As a significant part of the wealth of the Southern planter society was base on the value of the slaves, their labors, and their fecundity, slavery was a moral dilemma of overwhelming proportions for those who chose to dwell upon it.
It would be of great interest to know of Jefferson's actual personal relationship with his concubine who was probably of at least three-quarters caucasian ancestry and reportedly resembled Jefferson's wife, her half sister.
This is a very thought-provoking book, well worth reading.
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Posted December 1, 2012
i've read aif j. mapps jr. book on the passionate pilgrim.which
i've read aif j. mapps jr. book on the passionate pilgrim.which open my mine on the thrid pres.he was truly americas great paradox. thank you mr. henry wiencek, a truly a great read.
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Posted November 16, 2012
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