Thanks to John Fea for the link to this video from a new project about the slaves that once called Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello “home”. Just Friday I was reading about Jefferson in Fea’s Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? The book is an essential read for those wanting a full historical treatment of that question. I hope to review it in a little more detail at some point once I manage to finish it. To be fair, Jefferson wanted to end the institution of slavery, at least according to his writings and actions (he presented legislation to that effect, but none of it ever was passed). However, he only ever freed a handful of his personal slaves, and his life at Monticello relied on their free labor. Check out this piece, and see the links at Dr. Fea’s site for more information on the project at Monticello.
The Hidden Side of Monticello