Thomas Jefferson and Slavery


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Essay #: 057904
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Thomas Jefferson and Slavery
In his work, Notes on the State of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson recounted the state of affairs of his home state of Virginia with subjects ranging from the native bird population to suggestions as to deal with the troubling issue of slavery. Each of the subjects is dealt with in an analytical matter of fact terms. The honesty shown in recounting the difference in size between domestic animals of the European continent and those of his home state is also shown when relating the current state of affairs of slavery within the commonwealth. Jefferson was a slave owner and acknowledged the institution of slavery as contemporary reality of his times. He both condemns and condones the institution within the same...
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.....s eventual elimination. A modern view of an eighteenth century mindset must be made taking into account the revolutionary, for its day, proposals. Slavery is a sad part of the history of the United States, but the freedom that Jefferson and his contemporaries brought about through the revolution did eventual lead to the complete abolishment of slavery. While his views would not be acceptable in the modern world, they were equally unacceptable in his time to those that wanted to keep slavery as an institution.
Works Cited
Jefferson, Thomas. Notes on the State of Virginia. Richmond: J.W. Randolph, 1853. Wilcox, Johnnie. Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library. <>