Milestone Four : Rough Draft Essay

1570 Words Feb 7th, 2016 7 Pages
7-1: Milestone Four: Rough Draft
Thomas Jefferson was both a philosopher and a politician. It could be argued that he was one of the best political minds of the eighteenth century. His genius was, “Broadly put, philosophers think: politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously.” He had struggles in his lifetime, was curious and had knowledge on almost every subject, having read 6,487 books, that were just in his home library. Yet, despite his expansive knowledge on just about every subject of the eighteenth century, one problem he could not solve by reading a book, was his struggle with slavery. Jefferson, knowing that owning a human being in bondage, was morally wrong, could not bring himself to release his own slaves into freedom. Although politically Jefferson tried several times to end slavery, he was unsuccessful. So how did Jefferson’s personal conflicts of slave ownership, lead him to justify a political position to end it? Thomas Jefferson was the master of the grand mansion he called Monticello. He inherited slaves from his family plantation named Shadwell, were Jefferson was born, not long after marrying the widow, Martha Wayles Skeleton in 1772, Jefferson inherited his father in- laws slaves, “Jefferson acquired most of the over six hundred slaves he owned during his life through the natural increase of enslaved families. He acquired approximately 175 slaves through inheritance: about 40 from…

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