National Historical Park Pennsylvania
July 16, 2013
The human heart is in conflict with itself. That's worth writing about. We saw that today with Jefferson. He wrote a declaration of freedom and wrote that "All men are created equal" with ink brought to him by a slave the age of an eighth-grader. He fathered the nation. He also fathered children with his slaves, an act that would probably be seen as sexual assault today. He was absolutely brilliant in his quiet way and his arguments may have helped America get support for the war. But as he did such incredible deeds in the name of Freedom, he must have known how hypocritical he was. Jefferson wrote his struggle into the declaration in what he did not say, he did not amend his words of "All men are created equal" to only mean white men. It is because in part of this that Jefferson built the challenge to make our nation equal that we are still working to meet that challenge. It's because Jefferson let the struggle of his heart leak onto the Declaration that we have such an honorable goal to work for.
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