Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, agonizing and arguing about slavery, trying to end it, has now been rejected as politically incorrect by The Connecticut Democratic Party ended all ties to Thomas Jefferson, for being a racist slave owner, and Andrew Jackson for his mistreatment of Native Americans. One wonders if state party chair, Nick Balletto is encouraging the state to reject references to the two former presidents on United States’ currency. You see, Thomas Jefferson was an evil slave owner. Never mind that he wrote the following:
“…he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, & murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another…”
I am not a fan of Thomas Jefferson. But – it is not because of the slavery clause which was removed, in order to get the slavery clause removed, Jefferson bowed to pressure. I’ve long felt that Jefferson was a horror. He was not a nice person. He wanted to end black slavery because he did not like Africans, thought they were inferior, and did not have the same intellect as their white counterparts.
John Godby was my great-grandfather’s great grandfather. He realized as a Christian he could not own another human. According to our family stories, from a copy of a letter I have – somewhere, and please don’t ask where, because I have no earthly idea, he described the process of freeing them. He taught them how to read. He gave them his property, and left with almost nothing, always being impoverished the rest of his life – but did what was right.
“…John Godbey was born in 1752, and was a Revolutionary Soldier. One record states that he was born at Godbey’s Bluff, New River, Pulaski Co., Va. (now W.Va.) or in Caroline Co., Va. That record states that he died in 1803, and lived in New Revier, Va., until he went to Green Briar Co., Va. He inherited a strong Quaker tradition from the third Thomas Godbey (above), received his share of an estate in slaves, but was converted to Methodism by the preaching of Thomas Asbury, and immediately manumitted his slaves, providing for them according to the laws of Virginia (this is confirmed by the personal property tax list of Caroline Co. for 1783 which shows that he had no slaves, two horses and two oxen being his only taxable property). None of his descendants ever held slaves though living in slave owning sates. Four of his grandchildren became Methodist ministers. He moved to W. Va. in 1784. His son, …”
I don’t like Jefferson. I think he was almost a sociopath. He was cold-blooded and had no feeling when it came to compassion and people. He was so arrogant the Bible did not apply to him, so he wrote his own version. Even worse, Jefferson inspired the Reign of Terror. It wasn’t until Adams basically pushed him into a diplomatic corner that he even acknowledged it. He never condemned the slaughter of nearly 45,000 people, the way John Adams did.
He was a horror, but, redeemed for having the vision to offer Napoleon three million bucks for a parcel of land, then have the guts to send a scientific and exploratory team to do just that. He was the brains behind the US Marines, and was the person who ended nearly a thousand years of Islamic slave trade in the Mediterranean. I guess though, ending the Mediterranean slave trade didn’t matter. If you get right down to it, the ending of the slave trade, out of Tripoli, is what started the beginning of the end of slave trade in the US.
Doesn’t that count for something?
Also, the way Jefferson is presented, today, he is made to look like he did nothing but prey on his female slaves. There’s a problem with that. When his young wife died, he promised he would never remarry. He never promised not to fool around, and have mistresses. He had one affair after another – with married women of his social class.