HOW DID THOMAS JEFFERSON FEEL ABOUT SLAVERY? HOWARE FREDERICK DOUGLASS’ AND JEFFERSON’S VIEWSABOUT SLAVERYSIMILAR?

HOW DID THOMAS JEFFERSON FEEL ABOUT SLAVERY? HOWARE FREDERICK DOUGLASS’ AND JEFFERSON’S VIEWSABOUT SLAVERYSIMILAR?

HOW DID THOMAS JEFFERSON FEEL ABOUT SLAVERY? HOWARE FREDERICK DOUGLASS’ AND JEFFERSON’S VIEWSABOUT SLAVERYSIMILAR?

HOW DID THOMAS JEFFERSON FEEL ABOUT SLAVERY? HOWARE FREDERICK DOUGLASS’ AND JEFFERSON’S VIEWSABOUT SLAVERYSIMILAR?

Douglass’ view on slavery was fairly direct and concise.  Being a former slave himself, he saw it to be the worst crime that one human being can perpetrate on another.  He felt that American society would never be able to achieve its ideal conception of self so long as it permitted and encouraged slavery.  Douglass felt that the slave codes that prevented opportunities for self- expression and self improvement as well as the multiple guises that allowed slavery to exist had to be abolished.  Jefferson’s view is a bit more complex.  Certainly, his writings and his political stance was against slavery.  The original draft of the Declaration of Independence did contain language that sought to abolish slavery.  Yet, I cannot reconcile this with his possession of slaves and participation in the slave trade.  The contradictions of America and its relationship to slavery and the voices of “the other” are present in Jefferson, whereas the need for change is highly evident in the work of Douglass.
HOW DID THOMAS JEFFERSON FEEL ABOUT SLAVERY? HOWARE FREDERICK DOUGLASS’ AND JEFFERSON’S VIEWSABOUT SLAVERYSIMILAR?
HOW DID THOMAS JEFFERSON FEEL ABOUT SLAVERY? HOWARE FREDERICK DOUGLASS’ AND JEFFERSON’S VIEWSABOUT SLAVERYSIMILAR?
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HOW DID THOMAS JEFFERSON FEEL ABOUT SLAVERY? HOWARE FREDERICK DOUGLASS’ AND JEFFERSON’S VIEWSABOUT SLAVERYSIMILAR?
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