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Slavery

Francis D. Cogliano

in Thomas Jefferson

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624997
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624997.003.0008
Slavery

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The most contentious aspect of Jefferson's legacy concerns slavery. Since 1776 people have pondered the ethical and moral dilemma posed by the fact that Jefferson, who declared “all men are created equal” owned 600 human beings as slaves during his lifetime. This chapter examines Jefferson's relationship with slavery and traces historians' efforts to address the issue.

Keywords: Thomas Jefferson; Slavery; Declaration of Independence; Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Chapter.  13635 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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