The decision to use human lives as a pursuit of economic stability would lay the groundwork for our country’s development and the person responsible was Thomas Jefferson. But, why? Why would someone who wrote an entire passage criticizing the slave trade then buy/sell slaves? During a tour of Jefferson’s house, Monticello, I asked our tour guide about why Jefferson didn’t live up to his ideals.
I remember being horrified at the knowledge of Thomas Jefferson taking advantage of Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman at Monticello who bore 6 children with Jefferson. But I think what disturbed me the most was the way Charlottesville seemed to really uphold this man as a standard.