June 11, 2007

Jefferson Dilemma Part 1


Thomas Jefferson wrote and fought for legislation that would abolish slavery in this country. While he was doing this, he owned many slaves.

Is this hypocritical?

Today's post is meant to create a consistent platform before we discuss a more current, relevant issue tomorrow.

1 comment:

JMC said...

Perhaps. But he was not only a politician, he was a plantation owner, and economically, his plantation had to compete. Should he have placed himself on an unlevel playing field competition-wise? Maybe morally he should have, but realistically, as he recognized himself, "Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other."