More from the Thomas Jefferson Hour
I bought a used pickup over the summer and a modest, used Steinbeck-like truck camper. Rocinante. I intended to winterize it over the weekend, then a blizzard appeared out of nowhere. By mid-afternoon, I would have sold that rig for ten cents on the dollar. I don’t deserve to pretend to be Thomas Jefferson.
In this week's out-of-character program, our conversation is spent answering and responding to listener questions. Subjects included are Catherine Jenkinson’s recent hosting of the show, hot air balloons during Jefferson’s time, Theodore Roosevelt, and the rights of women, the LGBTQ community, and people of color.
If you want to understand Jefferson you have to try to make sense of a moment like this in 1784, when he denounces slavery more firmly than at any previous time, and fights to keep it out of the American West, and then blithely takes a slave with him to Europe to attend to his every need.