Who Was Thomas Jefferson Who's To Blame?

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In Thomas Jefferson’s time, the standing issue was slavery. Although Jefferson was a slave owner, he was determined to find a way, not necessarily to free all slaves, but to find a way to justify them. “Jefferson’s ‘primary goal was not to free black people,’ observe Helo and Onuf, ‘but to free white people from the moral evil of being slaveholders.’” He was determined to spend his life fighting for these rights, trying to lessen the blame, because Jefferson knew, one day the slaves would be free. During Jefferson’s life, he spent much of it attempting to solve the slave issue. He knew the slaves would never be free in his lifetime, but that did not stop him from trying to make a difference in justifying it. Jefferson’s major case,…show more content…
This shows that Jefferson was trying to put an end to slavery, and since he couldn’t not completely abolish it, he would stop it from growing any worse than it already was. In 1807, he signed a bill abolishing the slave trade. Jefferson attacked the institution of slavery in his Notes on the State of…show more content…
Jefferson not only owned many slaves, but he raised his sons to be slave owners too. Jefferson saw his slaves as money, and as many know, Thomas Jefferson loved money. He saw them as a business opportunity, and as an investment. Even though he worked extremely hard for the rights of the slaves, he still refused to give his slaves up. George Washington was also a slave owner who was working for the freedom of slaves, but the difference between Jefferson and Washington, was Washington treated his slaves with respect, and eventually let them free because he believed so strongly about it. Jefferson, as much as he claimed he was against slavery, still would not release his slaves, which leads you to believe that the only motive for his actions were to just to get a good reputation, and trying to justify something that he knew was morally wrong. Jefferson even wrote that he believed blacks were inferior to whites, and this shows that as strongly as he claims he feels about the situation, that there is still a greedy money hungry side of
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