Jefferson on Equality, Race, and Slavery (in the Declaration and “Notes on Virginia” Taking Our Heroes/Icons Off the Pedestal Possible Flaws 1.) Personal scandal (affairs, plagiarism, corruption) Franklin, FDR, JFK, MLK Jr. 2.) Reprehensible ideas (Wagner, Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh)
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--Alexander Boulton, “The American Paradox: Jeffersonian Equality and Racial Science,” American Quartelry, 9/95
Proposition #3: In the one realm that really counts—”the moral sense”---Jefferson considered blacks to be equal, and therefore deserving of equal rights
Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,Taught my benighted soul to understandThat there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:Once I redemption neither sought nor knew,Some view our sable race with scornful eye,"Their colour is a diabolic die."Remember, Christians,Negroes, black as Cain,May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.
Proposition #5: Jefferson’s anti-Buffon “New World-centrism” got the better of him
Proposition #6: Jefferson was caught up in the prevalent struggle (in science, religion, and politics) between order/stability and freedom/revolution