Was Thomas Jefferson a hypocrite?
No, he was the secretary of the state and the president.
Answer Why, because he had slaves? Or because he loved one of his slaves? I wasn't there, I can't tell you what kind of man he was. History doesn't give much information on the subject, but if he refused to have slaves, was he doing anything to help them? I can't tell you for certain, but imagine that he purchased all of the slaves that he could afford, then gave them good working conditions and helped them in any way that he could, so that they could enjoy life. Would that make him a hypocrite? There is certainly no evidence that he injured or mistreated his slaves. Do we have the right to judge? They were different times. Recognize that slavery had been a standard practice almost since the beginning of civilization. Egyptians, Romans, Europeans and yes, even Americans had slaves. In general, slaves were sold to Dutch traders who visited the African coasts. Tribal rivalry had resulted in many deaths, but when the Dutch traders wanted to find something of value from Africa, the rival tribes started to SELL (trade) their enemies rather than kill them. That certainly doesn't make the early slave traders into some kind of benevolent businessman. It was an evil and despicable practice and who is to say that those slaves might have been better off if they had been killed by neighboring rival tribes rather than suffer as slaves. But slavery still goes on in places around the world.
Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd US President and his likeness has appeared on the Jefferson nickel since 1938. Thomas Jefferson also appears on the 2007 Thomas Jefferson Dollar coin in the Presidential Series. Thomas Jefferson also appears on the 1976 Thomas Jefferson Bicentennial Silver Medal. Thomas Jefferson also appears on the 1993 Thomas Jefferson 250th Anniversary Silver Dollar. Thomas Jefferson has also appeared on the US $2 bill since 1918.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, outlining the rights of all people everywhere to be free, and the Constitution of Virginia. He formed the Democratic Party; he served as the Minister (ambassador) to France; he served as the third President of the United States, during which term, he secured the Louisiana Purchase and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. He was also a slave-owning hypocrite who had a long-term affair with one of…