This week Clay Jenkinson speaks about Thomas Jefferson and slavery.
- Clay S. Jenkinson: Erasing the Past
- NY Daily News: Thomas Jefferson was a horrible man who owned 600 human beings, raped them, and literally worked them to death by Shaun King
- Washington Post: Sally Hemings wasn’t Thomas Jefferson’s mistress. She was his property. by Britni Danielle
"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."
Read this week's Jefferson Watch essay, "Spelunking for Truth in a Disillusioned Era."