Thomas Jefferson's Views Of Slavery

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During 18th century slave holders and even Thomas Jefferson did not want to be in trouble and therefore they owned slaves to make themselves free. Throughout his entire life, Thomas Jefferson was a consistent opponent of slavery. Calling it a “moral depravity” and a “hideous blot,” he believed that slavery presented the greatest threat to the survival of the new American nation. Jefferson also thought that slavery was contrary to the laws of nature, which decreed that everyone had a right to personal liberty. These views were radical in a world where unfree labor was the norm. While Jefferson contributed much to our American historical culture, he often comes under criticism for his support of and participation in the enslavement of African…show more content…
Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and was a leader of the American Enlightenment, however still owned slaves and did not free his slaves. and actually explains from his draft of the Declaration of Independence why at 18th century whites had to own the slaves. He actually blames the King Georg 3 by saying that “he (King Georg 3) has waged cruel war against human nature itself”. He also mentions that King “determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold”. So in my opinion Jefferson had to own the slaves because of presentism and the way how the political system worked back then. He knew that slavery was wrong. it could not have been otherwise for an eighteenth-century natural law theorist and even if he frees them, slaves could not normally live because of the deep-rooted prejudices by whites. Jefferson believed if whites keep black, slaves will hold grudges against whites and vice…show more content…
In the fifty years from 1776 until his death Jefferson did little to end slavery or dissociate himself from his role as the master Monticello. Notes on the State of Virginia Law as name by it self says is about the certain laws of Virginia during 1781-1784. During that time deep- rooted prejudices entertains by the whites (T. Jefferson). Thousand whites did not want slavery to be abolished and many other circumstances, would divide slaveries from whites, and produce convulsion. In Jefferson’s memory it looks like slavery are equal to the whites, but in reality much different. It looks like Jefferson had the theoretical interest about abolition. However, he thinks that once they free slaves, they can’t keep them no longer in America because slaves will hold grudges against whites and whites will have prejudice against blacks. “For if a slave can have a country in his world, it must be any other in preference to that in which he is born to live and labor for another” (T. Jefferson). In addition, When I read this primary source for me it looks like Jefferson worries about interactional breading. For example, he mentions on primary source that “when freed, he (slave) is to be removed beyond the reach of mixture… and might mix”. Throughout his life Jefferson expressed his fears of white society through contact with
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