Increasing Assaults on Thomas Jefferson Ignore His Complexity and Contributions to Freedom

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(Daily Signal) Thomas Jefferson is coming under increasing attack, even at Monticello, his former estate, now a museum near Charlottesville, Virginia. The main focus seems to be on slavery, not on Jefferson’s many unique accomplishments.
According to the New York Post, “Books by critical race theory proponents Ibram X. Kendi and Ta-Nehisi Coates enjoy pride of place in the visitor center’s gift shop, while the smaller Farm Shop store displays five titles on Jefferson’s slaves—and a single biography of the man himself.”
In New York City, a statue of Jefferson was removed from City Hall after being displayed for 187 years.
In an important article in the Smithsonian Magazine, “The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson,” historian Henry Wiencek is highly critical of Jefferson’s …Read the rest