Founding Friendship: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson

James Piereson, New Criterion This assessment is undoubtedly valid, though it may yet prove premature regarding Jefferson’s ultimate legacy in America. While it is true that Jefferson’s ideas provide a foundation for a “diverse” society, his legacy in this regard is complicated by the fact that he was a slave owner who defended the institution in the early years of the Republic at a time when others were beginning to repudiate it as contrary to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. The United States today is still encountering some difficulties in making the transition into a genuinely...

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