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Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves by Henry Wiencek


Is there the rest new to say about Thomas Jefferson and slavery? the solution is a powerful yes. master of the Mountain, Henry Wiencek’s eloquent, persuasive e book—in accordance with new data coming from archaeological paintings at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or brushed aside proof in Jefferson’s papers—opens up a huge, poorly understood size of Jefferson’s global. We will have to, Wiencek suggests, observe the money.

to this point, historians have introduced handiest easy irony or paradox to provide an explanation for this strange Founding Father who was once an emancipationist in his youth after which recoiled from his personal inspiring rhetoric and equivocated about slavery; who enjoyed his renpersonal as a modern chief yet stored some of his personal youngsters as slaves. however Wiencek’s Jefferson is a man of business and public affairs who makes a success of his debt-ridentityden plantation way to what he calls the “silent profits” gained from his slaves—and thanks to a skewed moral universe that he and thousands of others conveniently inhabited. We see Jefferson getting rid of a slave-equity line of credit score with a Dutch financial institution to finance the building of Monticello and deftly developing smoke displays whilst visitors are dismayed by his apparent endorsement of a device they concept he’d vowed to overturn. it is not a lovely tale. Slave boys are whipped to make them paintings within the nail manufacturing facility at Monticello that will pay Jefferson’s grocery expenses. folks are dividentityed from youngsters—in his ledgers they are recast as cash—at the same time as he composes theories that obscure the dynamics of what some of his pals call “a vile trade.”

many of us of Jefferson’s time saw a catastrophe coming and tried to stop it, however now not Jefferson. The pursuit of happiness have been badly distorted, and an oligarchy was once getting very wealthy. is this the imperative American tale?

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writer: Henry Wiencekpublisher: Farrar, Straus and..Binding: HardcoverLanguage: EnglishPages: threefive2

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