Thomas Jefferson's Views On Slavery

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Thomas Jefferson is a well-known and respected man of American History. He was a legislator, president, a father, a spouse, a widow, an inventor, a plantation owner, and a slave owner. Many people fail to acknowledge the fact that, much like his fellow citizens, Jefferson too was a slave owner himself. In his life, he made so many accomplishments and strides of progress in the early days in favor of America, perhaps it is hard or unthinkable for some to believe that he was just an average man of his times. Similarly to many men of the time period, Jefferson also had sexual relations with one of his slaves. This relationship was reflective and consistent with Jefferson's views on slavery which were that of an abolitionist of sorts. The…show more content…
Clearly, he had distinctly different thoughts on slavery, or so it would seem. in order to support his aristocratic lifestyle, he needed slaves to perform a variety of actions in and around the Monticello plantation. These actions of owning slaves seemed to have conflicted with what he told the public, though perhaps he was simply trying to please the mental image people of the North had of him by telling them he thought slavery should be removed from society. Many in the North half of America viewed slavery as wrong and inappropriate, while many in South half believed slavery was a necessity to the economic success of America. Deciphering what Jefferson truly believed about slavery can be difficult due to the fact that he owned slaves throughout his life. People sometimes wonder whether he was trying to please the populous, or if he honestly thought slavery was wrong and needed to be…show more content…
This is a common argument people have to question Jefferson's true beliefs upon the basis of slavery. "Slavery is an abomination and must be loudly proclaimed as such, but I own that I nor any other man have any immediate solution to the problem," was another quote by Jefferson which set out his views towards slavery quite clearly. The interesting thing about this quote is that he acknowledged that there were no immediate ways to fix the problem of slavery. This possibly hinted that because he had no way to fix the issue of slavery, he would simply continue its practice much like men around him in society chose to
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