March 01, 2005
Response to Notes on the State of Virginia
Jerz: STW II: Agenda Item 2-4
This essay was written by Thomas Jefferson. He owned slaves, yet in this article, he states all of the things he likes about them and says they should eventually be freed.
My agenda item is, why, in our society, do people feel one way, yet act the complete opposite? In this article, we know Jefferson owns slaves, yet he raves about the things they can do. Why would someone own a slave, aka take advantage of another person and treat them like crap, yet commend them for all they can do?
Posted by CarolineJones at March 1, 2005 10:37 AM
I may be totally off base with this but maybe he does this in order to keep people from disliking him.
I also dont really understand his purpose, maybe kayla is right to be accepted by everyone else. Isn't that what everyone wants to be accepted to be liked even though what you did/are doing is wrong?
Caroline, I think some people justlike to see other people suffer, I dont really know that their problem is, is it that they are so stupid that they do not realise that they are hurting other people in the process, but thats just the way that people are.
I agree with you I don't understand why a person does something and says another. It means the person is being fake, thats what Thomas Jefferson is being in this story. By Jefferson having slave it meant he was controlling another persons life, I don't understand how he could do that and still be a president. The president is a man people should look up to, I know slaves were something people did back then but I still don't condem it.
I think that it was to be excepted and liked by everyone. Aren't all politics like that? I mean don't they all say one thing and then do another?
I also was confused with this as well. I think people are just hipocrits and try to make everyone happy. Instead he made everyone confused.
I think this article was written for political purposes. It seemed as though Jefferson was trying to solve a problem that had no true solution. Although it is wrong to enslave a person, I don't think anyone in this class can tell me that it isn't nice to have someone doing your work for you, and for free! He tried to write this article with some consideration to all the people he thought might read it. He knew that slavery would need to be phased out in order to keep peace within the state. This was his solution to the "problem."