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Jefferson felt that all men are created equal. Why do you think that he owned slaves?

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Asked by 35yoamom at 7:18 PM on Aug. 31, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • if this is in reply to the post about Jefferson & That sally woman. ( I can't remember her name) Maybe he just loved her, & called her a slave to save face....

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:19 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Unfortunately, some of our most prominent founding fathers were slave owners. Glad that was a long time ago. Instead of looking backward, we should look into the present- and try to stop the human slavery & human trafficing that is going on all over the world.

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 7:23 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • It was a different time. Owning slaves was an acceptable practice back then.

    Answer by aliceinalgonac at 7:30 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Mrs. Mom its a discussion...I wanted to discuss the irony.

    Comment by 35yoamom (original poster) at 7:31 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Probably just because that was the norm at the time...
    Kind of how all men are created equal, although that doesn't include WOmen... ;)

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 7:31 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • *didn't, it didn't include women, lol, sorry.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 7:32 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Yes Alice.. I wonder how he resolved it in his head if he felt that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.

    Comment by 35yoamom (original poster) at 7:32 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Because to people in that day of age, black people weren't people. They were less than man.

    Answer by purpleducky at 7:36 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • That's a question that seems to go unanswered. But why ask why,why was there slavery in the first place?

    Answer by mamaofficer at 7:41 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Jefferson did own slaves. He "inherited" Sally. He also treated his slaves well making sure they were educated and well schooled. He also wanted to free his slaves, but he was so in debt that he couldn't. He supported the advocates of free states. Ownership of another human is wrong, but all slave owners were not cruel, harsh, or disliked by the slaves. Click down to the chapter on slaves and see what is said about Jefferson and the relationship with his slaves.


    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:12 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

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