Analysis Of Thomas Jefferson 's ' The Declaration Of Independence '

1070 Words Oct 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Taking an anti-slavery political stance in the late eighteenth century was not of the popular opinion; however, Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, did just that. The irony lies within the fact that Jefferson himself had slaves on his plantation Monticello, which causes one to wonder as if he really wanted the blacks to be free in America. On his plantation, he did not pay any of his slaves, or give them any compensation, besides room and board, that was different to how other whites treated their slaves. In Jefferson’s piece, Notes on the State of Virginia, he showcases his unpopular opinion that slaves should not be kept; rather, he suggests freeing them and allowing them to live in their own community—away from the whites. Looking back at this piece in 2016, one may believe that Jefferson was aware of the issues and some changes that this country would need to go through later on; nonetheless, the question does arise as to why he would keep slaves although he wrote that he believed it to be morally wrong? Thomas Jefferson proposed the abolition of slavery, but it was not because he believed that blacks were equal to whites and that they should be treated as such; his actual views were that blacks were less perfect than whites and the two races should not mix and were unable to live together in harmony—thus, stating that the blacks should be freed, and then sent away back to Africa. While discussing slavery, Jefferson begins to list ways that…

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