Jefferson & the Problem of Slavery
Author Unknown, Thomas Jefferson, Boston : [publisher not transcribed], c1897, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017, Elson (A.W.) & Co., copyright claimant, From the painting from life by Gilbert Stuart. Remarque at lower right, Category designation on original folder: Portraits Presidents (A-J), Digital ID: ppmsca 46724, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-46724

Jefferson & the Problem of Slavery

What did equality mean to Thomas Jefferson? How do we reconcile Jefferson’s famous phrase in the Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal” – a phrase Martin L King called “our national creed” with Jefferson’s ownership of enslaved persons? These are two broad questions participating teachers will discuss in this seminar. In addition to these questions, Dr Cara Rogers, a Jefferson scholar, will challenge us to consider Jefferson’s plan for emancipation in Virginia and his assessment of slavery’s impact on enslaved persons and slaveowners. Participating teachers will read and discuss primary sources – excerpts from Notes on the State of Virginia and several Jefferson letters – to answer these questions for themselves and gain insight on helping their students assess.


October 26, 2021 -
October 26, 2021
3:45 PM EST
5:35 PM EST
Jamestown Settlement
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