March 01, 2005
Agenda Item 2-4: From Notes on the State of Virginia
In this essay, Thomas Jefferson, a former slave owner, proposes that the new state of Virginia gradually phase out slavery rather than abolish it outright. He also propses that once set free, they should be sent out of the state to form new colonies to prevent racial mixing.
My agenda item: Why did Thomas Jefferson, a great leader of our country, think that by removing a race of people, our problems would be solved or maybe even prevented? he then later, said nice things about them within the essay. Was he a hypocrite?
Posted by AmandaHerold at March 1, 2005 10:42 AM
Amanda, that is a very good question. I personally did not like this essay, it was too dry for my taste. Anyway, to answer your question, I think that Jefferson that what he was saying was correct, remember that in that time period it was okay for people to own others and racism was also okay to a certain level. I think that he was not so much as being a hypocrite but, he was trying to say nice things because slavery was going to be abolished any how and didn't want the slaves to be so angry with him. Do you understand what I'm trying to say?
I think the reason that Jefferson thought a good idea was to remove the whole race was because it was a simple solution. I mean isn't it sometimes easier to just erase a bad essay than actually fix it?? He did what would be easy for him and what the white people wanted. I mean it did seem like he was a bit against black people anyway so this was benefiting him also. Just think back to that time where no one thought black people were good. Of course he would want them to leave. I don't think he was being a hypocrite but saying nice things about them I think he was just trying to cover himself. I mean he was the president he had to look good. Some white people believed that integration was good and that black people were good and to hear their president bash black people would make them no longer favor their president so he had to make the supporters and non-supporters of black people happy...Thats my opinion at least.
I dont think that he is a hypocrite. If he is then we all are, dont we all say things and then go back on our word. Thomas Jefferson has his own reasons for what he did, only he knows, but I still do feel that he could have done something better to help the slaves.
I don't know why Thomas Jefferson wanted to remove all of the blacks, like you said all of the problems wouldn't be solved. Even if it did solve a few problems, it wouldn't matter other problems would arise. In the story he tried I think just to make everybody happy, if people were for slavery he had them covered and if they weren't he had them covered to in his notes too. Like Jen said he was making himself look good from any point in front of the people.
During this time, there were many different people trying to come up with different ways to solve the race issue. According to the essay, Jefferson apparently knew that blacks were better at some things than whites. However, it seemed as though he still did not like them. I don't feel that he was a hypocrite. I think he was just trying to solve a problem with a different view.
He was a hypocrit, but I also think since he knew how much people hated African Americans he was trying to get them their own place somewhere. Sothat they could try and live their lives without all this nonsense that went on all throughout the history of the U.S.