Allison Gaines

HISTORY + RACISM

What Life Was Like As One of Thomas Jefferson's Slaves

Jefferson owned 600 slaves. But, our history books usually tell his side of the story

Lucy, ca.1845. Daguerreotype | Photo Credit | Library of Congress

Like many of our founding fathers, President Thomas Jefferson lived as a hypocrite. We can be polite and say his perspective was inconsistent or contrarian, but perhaps that's…