Christopher Nolan's The Defender Of The Rights Of Man

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Thomas Jefferson’s words, his eternal sermon of liberty, have been invoked time and time again for the cause of human freedom. They were professed in Tiananmen square China, by the students who were slaughtered for standing up to communist tyrants. They were so often recited by the Polish during their fight for liberation from the Soviet Union that one author wrote, “In every Pole, there is Jefferson more than anyone else.” (Schwartz, 1989) Even in the wake of the USSR collapsing, Russian official Andrei Kozyrev admitted that he and the Russian people were indebted to Jefferson and his teachings. It seems to be abundantly clear, that wherever you find the oppression of individual liberty, you will also find the spirit of Jefferson inspiring …show more content…
Once heralded as “The Defender of the Rights of Man”, Jefferson is now ironically regarded by some as nothing more than a slave owning racist, and oppressor of human freedom. These contrasting points of view beg the question, who was this man really? And what is the true legacy that he left behind? This paper will attempt to prove with original sources that Jefferson’s legacy should be as an American Moses for the once enslaved African-American community. More specifically, Jefferson’s political writings were the catalyst needed to bring about their eventual and long overdue …show more content…
This is the first record we have of laws proposed by Jefferson. In his draft of the Virginia constitution, he included a clause which stated, “No person hereafter coming into this country shall be held in slavery under any pretext whatever.” While there were many parts of Jefferson’s constitution which were ratified in 1776, his clause which would have abolished slavery was ultimately rejected. While he had already experienced multiple failures in his attempts to abolish slavery, Jefferson was still very young and possessed an indefatigable spirit. His fight for equal rights was far from being

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