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1. “As long as he lived, Jefferson expressed opposition to slavery, yet owned hundreds of slaves and freed only a few of them.”
2. “Several times Jefferson purchased slaves in order to unite families.”
3. “Jefferson’s views on slavery and African slaves were complex, maintaining that the institution of slavery was harmful to both slave and master while working many slaves for his own profit.”
4. “Some researchers suggest Jefferson’s slave ownership contradicted his philosophy of ‘all men are created equal’.”
5. “In the 1790s, Jefferson opened his own nail manufactory where slaves from ten to sixteen years old worked to manufacture nails.”
6. “Jefferson did not allow his slaves to be overworked and gave them Sundays, Christmas, and Easter off.”
7. “According to a former Monticello slave, slaves were seldom punished except for stealing or fighting or other extreme offenses, though there were some cases of excessive whippings at the hand of overseers.”
8. “As president, he made a deal with elected officials of the state of Georgia: if Georgia would release its legal claims to “discovery” in lands to its west, the U.S. military would help expel the Cherokee people from Georgia.”
9. “Jefferson believed that Natives should give up their own cultures, religions, and lifestyles to assimilate to western European culture and a European-style agriculture, which was more efficient.”
10. “In a letter to James Madison on January 30, 1787, Jefferson wrote, “A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. … It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”
11. “Jefferson refused to diplomatically recognize Haiti, founded in 1804 as the second republic in the world, after its successful slave revolution in the French colony of Saint-Domingue.”
Nicole is an Editor of The Toast.