Thomas Jefferson A Hypocrite

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The Hypocrisy behind Thomas Jefferson One of Thomas Jefferson’s greatest accomplishments was being an author of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson strongly believed that slavery was morally wrong and that the United States should abolish it once and for all. In addition, Jefferson believed that all men were created equal, but as a slave owner he refused to let go of his own slaves. There is evidence behind the thought that his words did not always match his actions, especially when it came to individual rights and freedom. Thomas Jefferson is a hypocrite because he would not stand by his own belief of freeing slaves. Thomas Jefferson was born into a slaveholding society, a reason many people believed he was not…show more content…
In this passage, Jefferson criticizes the British King for not emancipating slaves. Jefferson states that King George III “waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberty” (Jefferson 258). He blames the King for capturing slaves and taking them back to slavery, even though he had slaves of his own back at his mansion. He also calls the King a hypocrite because he promises the slaves freedom if they fight for the British. This source by Jefferson ties in with Finkelman’s belief that Jefferson judged others while performing those same actions. Jefferson is a deceitful person who criticizes others, although he carries out the actions he is so strongly…show more content…
The letter deals with emancipating the slaves of Missouri and Holmes asks Jefferson to take action. In a letter back to Holmes, Jefferson expresses his enthusiasm about his view on emancipation and states “the cession of that kind of property (slaves)… would not cost me a second thought” (Jefferson 259). Jefferson believes that slaves should be liberated in the state of Missouri, but he also states that he cannot be fully behind that idea. Jefferson asserts that if he is going to emancipate the slaves, he will emancipate them all throughout the United States and not just a single state. This source by Jefferson agrees with the belief of Wilson thinking that Jefferson is a hypocrite. Jefferson proclaims that he is a firm believer of emancipation, but that he unfortunately cannot do anything about
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