Thomas Jefferson's Views On Slavery

Within the southern society slavery became an essential element into the region’s economy and typical lifestyle, the south’s reliance on slavery was the foundation of its economy. According to the article Lets Make a Deal the south needed slaves in order to maintain a certain style of life. “The security the Southern States want is that their negroes may not be taken from them” (Raphael, 3). The southern states depended on slave labor in order to prosper economically and socially. Slavery in the south became ingrained into the culture. Slavery could be viewed in a variety of ways, men like George Mason were completely dependent on slaves finically, men like William Livingston own slaves for convenience, and men like Robert Morris who didn’t …show more content…
Slavery was an economic gain for many states, New England ship owners and merchants benefited and gained commerce through the importation of slaves. According to Lets Make A Deal, “New England could not survive without maritime commerce” (Raphael, 4). Any laws passed to end the importation of slaves would hurt New England economy so New Englanders made an arrangement that Congress wouldn’t pass any laws to prohibit slave importation until after the year 1800. Whenever we think about Thomas Jefferson views on slavery we typically think how he was a pioneer for advocating the wrongs of slavery. However some of his words are contrary to his actions, Thomas Jefferson owned more than six hundred slaves in his lifetime. According to Thomas Jefferson Slave Master Thomas Jefferson viewed slavery as an important aspect of daily life, he believed that slavery was “essential to maintaining his personal standard of living” (Wiencek, 4). Not only did Thomas Jefferson embrace slavery but he believed that it should have been prolonged, because it was benefited for society. According to Thomas Jefferson slavery was essential for slaves because their prolonged servitude made them dependent on others, he believed letting slaves free would be similar to abandoning a …show more content…
He often had oversees whip slaves who were late or didn’t perform to his liking. Whenever Jefferson wasn’t using slaves for business reasons, he used for person reasons. Every day he had slaves waiting to take care of his extended family, he required his slaves to prepare “holiday” fest almost every meal. Jefferson’s view on slavery contradicts his actions, Jefferson was a hypocrite on aspects of slavery. He believed that all men were created equally, yet he used slaves to benefit himself. He felt trapped into the system of using slaves, he claimed to hate the idea but constantly fed into it. “Jefferson, the eloquent advocate of freedom, was a slave-owner holding a crystal ball in which he saw a golden future for America while standing precariously at the edge of a moral abyss” (Wiencek, 8). Young Thomas Jefferson differs greatly from older Jefferson, in his youth Jefferson believed that slavery was an evil that needed to be stopped. Jefferson spend his time and money to support people who tried to abolish slavery because he thought, “no man could rightly hold ownership in his brother man” (Wiencek, 1). However in his older days Jefferson’s action changed, he exploited slaves in order to

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