#1245 This Thing of Darkness

This thing of darkness, I acknowledge mine.
— Prospero, The Tempest

This week Clay Jenkinson speaks about Thomas Jefferson and slavery.

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Further Reading

Spelunking for Truth in a Disillusioned Era

The Jefferson Watch

"I’d rather try to figure out whether Jefferson actually thought humans were born good—that is, without original sin—than to intrude upon his privacy in the night. I want to know how he squared his amazing ideals with the much shabbier world he actually lived in, if he really thought we were up to the challenge of creating a semi-Utopian social order, or if he was in some sense just imagining or even posturing when he said all those inspiring things about the possibilities of reason, good sense, science, tolerance, due process, freedom, and peace. And when I think about slavery—which I do many times per week—the question I want to wrestle with is the question of emotional fallout."

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What Would Jefferson Do?

People are often unnecessarily loyal to close relatives in a way that clouds their judgment.
— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson

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