Thomas Jefferson And The Revolutionary War Essay

1446 Words Oct 19th, 2015 6 Pages
Thomas Jefferson embodied some of the characteristics most often associated with being a true American. He was a scholar, fluent in Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, and Italian; as well as founding Virginia University. He pursued sciences and arts along with politics. His progressive mindset was brought upon from the Enlightenment, where he among many others questioned aspects of life in the 18th century. When the revolutionary war had been going on for about two years, Jefferson concluded that compromise couldn’t happen, and that the Americans only option was to demand independence from England. In 1776 Jefferson drafted the first official written document declaring independence. This document embodies the key characteristics of what many associate with American life. This radical declaration boldly claimed that all men were created equal, and that everyone had the god given right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These statements are extremely bold and don’t appear to be what they say. Woman and especially black slaves in the U.S. at the time of independence did not have equal rights that the white man had. This caused major questions to arise around Jefferson, one of the main “founders” of freedom and equal rights. Throughout his presidency and until death, Jefferson owned over 200 slaves and even had a (likely non-consensual) relationship with one. People now question the hypocrisy of his claims vs. his actions, and even to this day American politics seem to…

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