Thomas jefferson wrote that all men are created equal and yet enslaved more than six hundred people over the course of his life although he made some legislative attempts against slavery and at times bemoaned its existence he also profited directly from the institution of slavery and wrote that he suspected black people to be inferior to white people in his notes on the state of virginia. In us history the relationship between thomas jefferson and slavery was a complex one in that jefferson worked to gradually end the practice of slavery while himself owning hundreds of african american slaves throughout his adult life. Get this from a library thomas jefferson in his own words john shea thomas jeffersons career is an incredible list of accomplishments not just the primary author of the declaration of independence and the third us president hes also the founder of the university . Jeffersons views on slavery when thomas jefferson was born in 1743 slavery had existed in virginia for nearly 75 years he grew up on a plantation with enslaved workers and owned nearly 200 slaves as an adult
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