Thomas Jefferson is the founding father that captures our imagination more than any other. He was a philosopher, a scientist, a linguist, a musician, and so much more. His words in the Declaration of Independence have become America’s mission statement, proclaiming to the world what this nation is suppose to be about. Yet he’s also arguably the most divisive founding father, largely due to his relationship with one issue: Slavery.
While it’s true that there is a certain contradiction with Jefferson owning slaves while preaching freedom, there is often key context missing when we review this aspect of his life. In truth, arguably no southern founding father was as consistently vocal against the evils of slavery as Jefferson. In this episode, we look into his true legacy on the matter.