‘The Jefferson Monticello’* was the location of Thomas Jefferson’s residence in Charlottesville, Virginia, but presently serves as memorial to our third president. Of course, the assumption of a memorial/museum is professional academia—historians, doctorate and master degrees, professors, etc. So, at the site of a response to my tidbit dated 8/24/19 entitled, 'Thomas Jefferson's fight AGAINST Slavery!' initially generated momentary shock, which immediately morphed into fear. It was my first experience of an attack from a prominent organization, and I was concerned about my credibility. However, in His mercy, God reached down and reminded of His word: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Is41:10; see also 2Tim3:12). Yet more peace flooded my soul as I remembered that I have a personal relationship with David Barton! After calling him, he offered me simple advice to take a stand, because truth is on my side. So, the following response is my own.
I repeat, please begin by reading the entirety of their TJ quotes offered to refute my tidbit (here). I can only assume their quotes are authentic, because they offered no footnotes. However, it is obvious they have an ‘agenda’ because the quotes they use easily make TJ look anti-God, anti-Christ, and anti-Christian!
However, there are some problems needing serious attention. For example, there are ‘mountains of other quotes’ by TJ that contradict those offered by ‘The Jefferson Monticello’. For example,
-“The genuine and simple religion of Jesus will one day be restored such as it was preached and practiced by Himself…. I hope that day of restoration is to come.”
-“Happy in the prospect of a restoration of primitive Christianity, I must leave to younger athletes to encounter and lop off the false branches which have been engrafted into it by the mythologies of the middle and modern ages.”
-“I…express my gratification with your efforts for the revival of primitive Christianity in your quarter.”
-“It is only by…getting back to the plain and unsophisticated precepts of Christ that we become real Christians.”
-“Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from His lips, the whole of civilized world would have been Christian”** (Barton, pg148)
Now…do the above quotes sound like TJ is the atheist the ‘The Jefferson Monticello’ paint him to be? And these quotes only scratch the surface of what could be offered! Furthermore, we can add to his defense when considering his many Judaeo/Christian actions, such as his more than 40 year war against slavery as a public servant!
However, to be candid, the extremely troubling part is if TJ actually made both sets of statements; some supporting atheism, while others rejecting it, it would appear he’s schizophrenic! How then do I explain such a huge discrepancy?
Before answering this question, notice the ‘The Jefferson Monticello’ does not even attempt to address this discrepancy! As a matter of fact, they simply paint TJ as an angry atheist, who hates Christ, while completely ignoring the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. However, this viewpoint is not unexpected because obviously ‘The Jefferson Monticello’ is liberal, and liberalism is a doctrine of atheism…angry atheism!
I need to pause for a moment. What is extremely important to understand is ‘The Jefferson Monticello’ position is not an accident, but part of the larger agenda (Rom1:18NAS) of liberalism! And what is that? To paint America’s Founding Fathers as racist and hypocritical in order to discredit them(especially TJ); and more importantly, to discredit the Judaeo/Christian ethic that motivated them. If liberalism can change America’s past, it can reinvent her future!
My evidence is two-fold. 1.In my tidbit on Jefferson’s war against slavery, The Jefferson Monticello’ did not attempt to address one quote I offered! They did not provide one scintilla of evidence that Jefferson did not declare about slavery what I attributed to him! As a matter of fact, if you read their quotes, everyone is about Christianity, none are about TJ’s view of slavery! In other words, they made no effort to deny that TJ actually made the quotes I attributed to him, they simply offered their own quotes believing that their quotes nullify my quotes! But that is the apex of irrational thinking—especially for an institution dedicated to academia! They can argue that Jefferson is schizophrenic by using his contrary quotes, but they certainly cannot refute my TJ quotes, by offering their contrary TJ quotes!
2.In addition, they reveal their liberal agenda in the very words of their condemnation of Barton:
“The author you quote has greatly distorted the words, thoughts and deeds of the man our society has been dedicated to preserve accurately for decades. Here are actual quotes from Thomas Jefferson on religion and bible.”
I underlined and italicized the last phrase of their quote because it perfectly unveils their intention. This sentence, along with the list of quotes they subsequently attribute to TJ, are irrefutable evidence that ‘The Jefferson Monticello’ believes Jefferson was an atheist, who hated God, and the Bible! In other words, the list of TJ quotes which follow the phrase: “…actual quotes from Thomas Jefferson on religion and bible” is designed to support their belief on what TJ believed!
Once again, why would they not attempt to refute the actual quotes Barton uses of TJ, as opposed to offering contrary quotes made by TJ? I repeat, offering contrary quotes by TJ do not change Barton’s use of TJ’s quotes!
Yet, the answer to this paradox is spiritual (Col2:8). ‘The Jefferson Monticello’ may not be aware, but it is painfully obvious that they have a hatred for God, and His calling upon this great nation---and they attempt to use TJ as their evidence!
In the next tidbit, I will offer my explanation for Jefferson’s discrepancies!
*Please read their attack on my tidbit before going forward. Go to comments.
In the last six tidbits I wrote about TJ’s war against slavery. Of course, the number one rebuttal is the accusation that TJ owned over 130 slaves at any one time. How do I explain what appears to be such blatant hypocrisy? In other words, how can a man fight against slavery, while simultaneously owning them?
The best way to answer this complex question is: British and Virginia law. If you remember, prior to 1776, the American colonies were ruled by British law. Interestingly, even prior to 1776, Americans attempted to end both slavery and the slave trade, but were systemically rebuffed by King George.
John Quincy Adams, the sixth president, also known as the “hell-hound of abolition” wrote of the Founding Fathers:
“They universally considered it [slavery] as a reproach fastened upon them by the unnatural step-mother country [Great Britain] and they saw that before the principles of the Declaration of Independence, slavery, in common with every other mode of oppression, was destined sooner or later to be banished from the earth.”
Another example is,
“the Imperial Crown and Parliament of Great Britain; and that the King’s Majesty . . . had, hath, and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the Colonies and people of America, subjects of the crown of Great Britain, in all cases whatsoever. the Imperial Crown and Parliament of Great Britain; and that the King’s Majesty . . . had, hath, and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the Colonies and people of America, subjects of the crown of Great Britain, in all cases whatsoever.”
It was this kind of tyranny that subsequently led to TJ writing in the very Declaration of Independence:
“He [King George III] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. . . . Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce [that is, he has opposed efforts to prohibit the slave trade]”
Furthermore, in 1773 Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to Dean Woodward, confirming Britain’s resistance to the colonies attempts to curb slavery:
“. . . a disposition to abolish slavery prevails in North America, that many of Pennsylvanians have set their slaves at liberty, and that even the Virginia Assembly have petitioned the King for permission to make a law for preventing the importation of more into that colony. This request, however, will probably not be granted as their former laws of that kind have always been repealed.”
Adding fuel to this fire, Virginia was filled with obedient subjects. In 1692, Virginia passed a law declaring:
No Negro or mulatto slave shall be set free, unless the emancipator pays for his transportation out of the country within six months.
Other subsequent Virginia laws forbad owners to free slaves unless education, livelihood, and support could be guaranteed so that the slave would not be a burden to society. Of course, these laws were coupled with stiff penalties if the owner was convicted of a violation. If we were to stop here, it doesn’t take much common sense to understand that if TJ had freed some 130 slaves (or more), it would have bankrupted him—as well as landed him in prison!
In 1723, another law was passed which forbad the emancipation of slaves for any reason, even by a last will and testament! I presume to present themselves as not too overly strict, Virginians added a clause allowing an exception for “meritorious service” by a slave! Of course, the Virginians were the sole judges of what constituted a meritorious service. The obvious result was that no owner could manumit their slaves.
In 1782, Virginia softened and passed legislation allowing owners to emancipate slaves upon their death in a last will and deed. It was through this law that George Washington freed his slaves upon death in 1799.
Sadly, in 1806, Virginia repealed the 1782 law declaring:
“It shall be lawful for any person, by his or her last will and testament, or by any other instrument in writing under his or her hand and seal . . . to emancipate and set free his or her slaves . . . Provided, also, that all slaves so emancipated, not being . . . of sound mind and body, or being above the age of forty-five years, or being males under the age of twenty one, or females under the age of eighteen years, shall respectively be supported and maintained by the person so liberating them, or by his or her estate.””
Adding to this already impossible scenario, because Virginia law did not recognize slave families, if a slave was freed, he/she could not remain near his spouse or children, because the law demanded that the free slave immediately leave the state or return to slavery:
“If any slave hereafter emancipated shall remain within this Commonwealth more than twelve months after his or her right to freedom shall have accrued, he or she shall forfeit all such right and may be apprehended and sold.”
Here is the ‘elephant-in-the-living-room’ intentionally ignored (Rom1:18) by contemporary liberal historical revisionists: slavery was common all over the world, from time past, up to TJ’s day…in every culture, nation, and religion! On the contrary, for the first time in human history, in America, the morality of slavery was now questioned!! Why? The Judaeo/Christian ethic was being applied! The American Founding Fathers, including TJ, began to apply Holy Scripture to slavery: “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen1:27). How do I know this is true? Because the Declaration of Independence reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” Equality among humans cannot exist apart from the image and likeness of God! I repeat, only the Judaeo/Christian ethic…allows for human equality!
Here is the seminal question, if you were Thomas Jefferson, would you have freed your slaves? No honest person would answer in the affirmative!
My final evidence is found in the words of John Quincy Adams, and Black abolitionist Frederick Douglas regarding TJ:
“The inconsistency of the institution of domestic slavery with the principles of the Declaration of Independence was seen and lamented by all the southern patriots of the Revolution; by no one with deeper and more unalterable conviction than by the author of the Declaration himself [Jefferson]. No charge of insincerity or hypocrisy can be fairly laid to their charge.
-John Quincy Adams
“It was the Sage of Old Dominion (Virginia) that said—while speaking of the possibility of a conflict between the slaves and slavesholders—“God has no attribute that could take sides with the oppressor in such a contest. I tremble for my country when I reflect that god is just and that His justice cannot sleep forever.” Such is the warning voice of Thomas Jefferson, and every day’s experience since its utterance until now confirms its wisdom and commends its truth.” -Frederick Douglas (Barton, pg148)
*Facts in this tidbit taken from historian David Barton’s incredible book “The Jefferson Lies”. It is a must read!!
What you become directly influences what you get. –Jim Rohn
In the previous 5 tidbits, I endeavored to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that for over 50 years, TJ militated against slavery! Now, let’s look at others who used TJ’s work and life to support their own war against slavery; and for civil rights.
25.In 1837, after his own presidency from 1825-29, John Quincy Adams, son of our second president John and Abigail Adams, became a Representative in the House, where he was nick-named the ‘Hell Hound of Abolition’, for his inexorable decades long fight against slavery; he declared, “The inconsistency of the institution of domestic slavery with the principles of the Declaration of Independence was seen and lamented by ‘all the southern’ (emphasis mine) patriots of the Revolution; but no one with deeper and more unalterable conviction than the author of the Declaration himself [Jefferson]…. Such was the undoubting conviction of Jefferson to his dying day. In the ‘Memoir of His life’, written at the age of seventy-seven, he gave to his countrymen the solemn and emphatic warning that the day was not distant when they must hear and adopt the general emancipation of their slaves” (Barton, pg146).
26.In 1845, Daniel Webster, another hell-hound against slavery, during a speech to the nation, declared, “No language can be more explicit, more emphatic, or more solemn than that in which Thomas Jefferson, from the beginning to the end of his life, uniformly declared his opposition to slavery. “I tremble for my country,” he said, “when I reflect that God is just—that His justice cannot sleep forever.” “The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest.”…To show his own view of the proper influence of the spirit of the Revolution upon slavery, he proposed the searching question: “Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment, and death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment… inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose?” (Barton, pg146)
27.In 1854, the Democrat dominated Congress passed more of its pro-slavery legislation, called the Kansas-Nebraska Act. If you remember, in 1820 Congress passed the Missouri Compromise, which allowed a pro-slavery state for every anti-slavery state into the Union. However, the MC did not apply to the Kansas-Nebraska territory, which included contemporary areas such as Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and North and South Dakota. However, now with the new 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act passed, all restrictions were removed! Abraham Lincoln responded using TJ as his support, “Mr. Jefferson…conceived the idea of taking that occasion to prevent slavery ever going into the northwestern territory…and in the first Ordinance (which the acts of Congress were then called) for the government of the territory, provided that slavery should never be permitted therein…. Thus, with the author of the Declaration of Independence, the policy of prohibiting slavery in new territory originated…But now [May, 1854] new light breaks upon us. Now Congress declares this [antislavery law constructed by Jefferson] ought never to have been” (Barton, pg 147).
28.Frederick Douglas, who is arguably the greatest of the abolitionists, either white or black, declared of TJ, “It was the Sage of Old Dominion [Virginia] that said—while speaking of the possibility of a conflict between the slaves and slaveholders---“God has no attribute that could take sides with the oppressor in such a contest. I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and that His justice cannot sleep forever.” Such is the warning voice of Thomas Jefferson, and every day’s experience since its utterance until now confirms its wisdom and commends its truth” (Barton, pg148).
At yet another speech, Douglas declared, “I have been charged with lifelong hostility to one of the cherished institutions of Virginia [slavery]. I am not ashamed of that lifelong opposition…It was, Virginia, your own Thomas Jefferson that taught me that all men are created equal.”
At still another speech, regarding his dealings with African-American Benjamin Banneker, who was a self-taught mathematician and astronomer; who wrote scientific almanacs, predicted sunsets, sunrises, eclipses, weather conditions, and 17-year locust cycles; and whom TJ eventually ‘hired’ to survey the city of Washington D.C., Douglas declared, “Jefferson was not ashamed to call the black man his brother and to address him as a gentleman” (Barton, pg148).
29.Others who invoked TJ as a support in their fight for civil rights include Reverend Henry Highland Garnet, Martin Luther King, and Colin Powell.
In review, not only did TJ fight slavery for over 50 years, but others thought so much of his life, and ideas, that they used him as a support to wage their own fight!
*Facts in this tidbit taken from historian David Barton’s incredible book “The Jefferson Lies”. It is a must read
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22.In 1820, the Democrat party became a majority in Congress and passed the 1820 Missouri Compromise. What is that? In order to restrain antislavery states from gaining even more numerical advantage, the Compromise declared for every antislavery state allowed into the Union, a proslavery state must follow. The first antislavery state under this Compromise was Maine, and the first proslavery state was Missouri.
Although Congress used the Northwest Ordinance in 1789 to ban slavery in the Northwest territory; and banned the exportation of slaves in 1794; and banned the importation of slaves in 1808; the Missouri Compromise was the first time the U.S. federal government ever officially promoted slavery!
At this time there were only a few Founding Fathers remaining, they all opposed this legislation. For example,
1.Elias Boudinot, the former president of Congress, and a framer of the Bill of Rights said this legislation would bring “an end to the happiness of the United States.”
2.John Adams feared lifting the slavery prohibition would destroy America
3.James Madison declared the new policy “fills me with no slight anxiety”. What some believe to be a prophecy of the Civil War, Madison saw aligning the slave states against the anti-slave states would result in “aweful shocks against each other”! (Barton, pg 143)
And finally, speaking to a political leader,the elderly Jefferson joined the chorus declaring: “I had for a long time ceased to read newspapers or pay any attention to public affairs, confident they were in good hands, and content to be a passenger in our bark [small ship] to the shore from which I am not distant [death]. But this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror. I considered it at once as the knell [funeral bell] of the Union...I regret that I am now to die in the belief that the useless sacrifice of themselves by the generation of 1776 to acquire self-government and happiness to their country is to be thrown away by the unwise and unworthy passions of their sons...This is an act of suicide on themselves, and of treason against the hopes of the world.”
“I can say with conscious truth that there is not a man on earth who would sacrifice more than I would to relieve us from this heavy reproach in an practicable way. The cession of that kind of “property”, for so it is misnamed, is a bagatelle [an insignificant trifle] which would not cost me a second thought if an that way a general emancipation and expatriation could be effected....But as it is, we have the wolf by the ears and we can neither hold him nor safely let him go.” (Barton, pg144)
23.In 1825, TJ wrote to a young female antislavery enthusiast name Frances Wright. Frances came to America from France with Marquis de Lafayette and remained to fight slavery. She loved Jefferson’s plan for emancipation and invited him to help her. He responded, “at the age of eighty-two, with one foot in the grave and the other uplifted to follow it, I do not permit myself to take part in any new enterprises, even for bettering the condition of man-not even in the great one which is the subject of your letter and which has been through life that of my greatest anxieties...I leave its accomplishment as the work of another generation, and I am cheered when I see that one on which it is devolved taking it up with so much good will and such minds engaged in its encouragement. The abolition of the evil is not impossible; it ought never therefore to be despaired of. Every plan should be adopted, every experiment tried, which may do something towards the ultimate object.... You are young dear madam, and have powers of mind which may do much in exciting others in this arduous task. I am confident they will be so exerted, and I pray to heaven for their success and that you may be rewarded with the blessings which such efforts merit” (Barton, pg 145).
24.In 1826, just weeks before his death, in his last Hurrah...Jefferson declared, “On the question of the lawfulness of slavery (that is, of the right of one man to appropriate to himself the faculties of another without his consent), I certainly retain my early opinions” (Barton, pg145).
If you were counting, you will find that the year 1826 marks 50 years of public declarations and actions of TJ fighting against slavery!
*Facts in this tidbit taken from historian David Barton’s incredible book “The Jefferson Lies”. It is a must read.
One of the major reasons why people are not doing well is because they keep trying to get through the day. A more worthy challenge is to try to get from the day -Jim Rohn
19. In 1808, TJ sent a message to Reverend James Lemen, who he had previously encouraged to move to the Northwest Territory for the purpose of continuing the work of making and keeping that territory antislavery. Ohio and Indiana had already declared statehood, and were anti-slave states. In 1808, Illinois was on the verge of becoming the third anti-slave state, when TJ contacted Reverend Lemen again, who reported: “I received Jefferson’s confidential message on October 10, 1808, suggesting… the organization of a church on a strictly antislavery basis for the purpose of heading a movement to finally make Illinois a free state…I acted on Jefferson’s plan…the antislavery element formed a Baptist church…on an antislavery basis” (pg140, Barton).
Allow me to highlight three important facts. First, Reverend Lemen started a church to further the anti-slavery cause. This means that both Reverend Lemen and TJ agreed that the Bible not only addresses slavery, but the proclamation of the Word of God would lead to slavery’s eradication! Second, as president of the United States (1801-1809), he encouraged Reverend Lemen to start an anti-slavery church! But how could he have done this if he believed in the separation of church and state? Because the separation of church and state has never meant what contemporary liberals now contend--which is, the separation of God from the state!! Third, Reverend Lemen followed “Jefferson’s plan”. A ‘plan’ implies TJ reasoned, thought through, and made provision to abolish slavery!
20.In 1814, TJ corresponded with Edward Coles, who was the private secretary to James Monroe, who was the president at that time. Mr Coles desired TJ to lead a new anti-slavery movement. Tj responded: “Your antislavery letter was duly received and was read with peculiar interest…Mine on the subject of slavery of Negroes have long since been in possession of the public, and time has only served to give them stronger root. The love of justice and the love of country plead equally the cause of these people and it is a moral reproach to us that they should have produced not a single effort—nay, I fear not much serious willingness to relieve them and ourselves from our present condition of moral and political reprobation…but the hour of emancipation is advancing; in the march of time, it will come.”
TJ declined the take on the lead in this case because he was 71; he later responded, “This enterprise is for the young—for those who can follow it up and bear it through to its consummation.” He then encouraged Cole to take the lead: “I hope…you will come forward in the public councils, become a missionary on this doctrine truly Christian, insinuate and inculcate it softly but steadily through the medium of writing and conversation, associate others in your labors, and when the phalanx (large battalion) is formed, bring on and press the proposition perseveringly until its accomplishment…And you will be supported by the religious precept, “be not weary in well-doing” (Gal6:9). That your success be as speedy and complete…I shall fervently and sincerely pray” (pg 141,142, Barton).
Please note, TJ likened slavery to missionary work, once again confirming not only his Christian roots, but understood that authentic Christianity would be the key to slavery’s demise in America! He confirmed this truth by quoting Galatians 6:9, and encouraging Cole that he would fervently pray for him; which rejects the accusations that TJ was a Deist! Deists reject not only prayer, but also a god who answers prayer.
21.In 1815, TJ corresponded with Reverend David Barrow, who was a Virginia pastor, who wrote an antislavery work, and subsequently moved to Kentucky to become the leader of the Kentucky Abolition Society. TJ wrote him declaring, “The particular subject of the pamphlet you enclosed me (emancipation) was one of early and tender consideration with me; and had I continued in the councils (legislature) of my own state, it should never have been out of sight…We are not in a world ungoverned by the laws and the power of a Superior Agent. Our efforts are in His hand and directed by it; and He will give them their effect in His own time…That it may finally be effected and its progress hastened will be my last and fondest prayer” (pg 142, Barton).
The most important thing to remember as you read these tidbits is that these are TJ’s direct quotes.** Historian David Barton is not extracting these quotes from other historians, but from the actual works of Jefferson, or those who corresponded with him. This is critical for two reasons:
1.you get the literal first hand words of Jefferson
2.you get the actual heart of Jefferson, and not some liberal’s historical revisionism.
*Facts in this tidbit taken from historian David Barton’s incredible book “The Jefferson Lies”. It is a must read.
**If you want Barton’s actual sources, please purchase the book and read it, or go to the library and check the book out.
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Continuing with TJ’s legacy from the first two tidbits:
12.In 1784, TJ introduced legislation designed to abolish slavery in “every territory that would eventually become a state in the new nation” (pg.137, Barton). In that legislation, he boldly declared, “after the year of 1800 of the Christian era, there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in any of the said states.”
“Jefferson’s law fell one vote short of passage” (pg137, Barton). Incredibly, TJ introduced this legislation prior to the passage of the Northwest Ordinance(1789), which prohibited several states from entering the union as slave states.
Later, TJ lamented, “There were ten states present. Six voted unanimously for it, three against it, and one was divided. And seven votes being requisite to decide the proposition affirmatively (to pass the measure), it was lost… Thus we see the fate of millions unborn hanging on the tongue of one man, and heaven was silent in that awful moment! But it is to be hoped it will not always be silent and that the friends to the rights of human nature will in the end prevail” (pg138, Barton).
While TJ’s lament was understandably difficult for him, it is yet another example of a ‘lifetime’ spent attempting to free the slaves. On the other hand, this piece also reveals his slight misunderstanding of God’s providence. In fact, heaven was not silent at this moment, but in fact, God was very much present, bringing about His great will for America, Blacks, Whites, and the world**! It other words, in His perfect timing, God makes all things good (Rom8:28)…even the evil of slavery!
13.In 1786, a French official, named Louis Dominique de Meunier, wrote an article criticizing Virginia for its refusal to free the slaves. Because TJ was an ambassador to France at the time, he responded: “But we must wait with patience the overruling Providence*** and hope that it is preparing the deliverance of these our suffering brethren when the measure of their tears shall be full—when their groans shall have involved Heaven itself in darkness—doubtless a God of justice will awaken in their distress” (pg138, Barton).
Please, notice TJ called the slaves his “brethren”!
14.In 1788, another Frenchman, Pierre de Warville, started an anti-slavery society in France, and invited TJ to be part, to which he declined because he thought it inappropriate to take-on personal endeavors as a public servant. Yet, in he responded: “You know that nobody wishes more ardently so see an abolition not only of the trade but of the condition of slavery and certainly nobody will be more willing to encounter every sacrifice for that object” (pg 139, Barton).
15.In 1787, incredibly Congress adopted TJ’s 1784 antislavery legislation, and imported it into the Northwest Ordinance of 1785 (pg139, Barton). In 1789, the Congress reaffirmed TJ’s proposal and it passed into law 1789, as the Northwest Ordinance. As a result, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, all entered the Union as free states.
Along with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the Northwest Ordinance is one of America’s three official founding documents. Notice TJ had hands on two of the three documents; he wrote the D.O.I., and America used his 1784 legislation as the model for the N.O. This is important because it reveals one of the primary reasons behind the contemporary attack on Thomas Jefferson. Using ‘Historical Revisionism’, liberalism desires to re-make America as an atheist state. To best accomplish this task, they need to first discredit America’s Founding Fathers. Liberalism has discovered the best method to achieve their diabolical objective is slavery and White Supremacy.
16.In 1805, and now president of the United States, TJ declared: “I have long since given up the expectation of any early provision for the extinguishment of slavery among us. While there are many virtuous men who would make any sacrifices to affect it, many equally virtuous persuade themselves either that the thing is not wrong or that it cannot be remedied” (pg139, Barton).
17.In 1806, TJ encouraged Congress to “ban the slave trade as soon as constitutionally permissible” (pg139, Barton). In 1789, Congress passed an ordinance to end the slave trade in 20 years, which would go into effect in 1808. It was believed in 1789, that the south would then be ready to abolish slavery.
18.In 1807, Congress passed the ban on the slave trade and Jefferson signed it (pg 140, Barton) to go into effect January 1, 1808. He wrote a letter to the Quakers: “Whatever may have been the circumstances which influenced our forefathers to permit the introduction of personal bondage into any part of these states… we may rejoice that such circumstances and such a sense of them exist no longer…I sincerely pray with you, my friends, that all the members of the human family may, in the time prescribed by the Father of us all, find themselves securely established in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and happiness” (pg 140, Barton).
May I remind you, Thomas Jefferson began public ministry in 1769 introducing legislation against slavery, and by 1808 had logged over 40 years of fighting slavery!
…to be continued!
*Facts in this tidbit taken from historian David Barton’s incredible book “The Jefferson Lies”. It is a must read.
**see my last tidbit, and how God intended to end slavery worldwide through the efforts of America!
***You see, TJ rebounded quite nicely from his previous misunderstanding of God’s providence in point 12.
The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit. -Jim Rohn
In my last tidbit, I wrote that Thomas Jefferson fought ‘against’ slavery for over 40 years. I began in 1769 with his first year in public office, and left-off in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. Let’s continue.
After the Declaration was signed in 1776, it birthed one of the most amazing movements in all of human history! Without coercion, and of their own free-will, after the DOI was signed, the states began to abolish slavery! Vermont abolished slavery in 1777; Pennsylvania and Massachusetts in 1780; New Hampshire in 1783; Connecticut and Rhode Island in 1784; New York in 1799; and New Jersey in 1804.
In addition, the Northwest Ordinance was passed in 1789 by the same Congress that passed the first Amendment to the Constitution. Through the Northwest Ordinance, Illinois; Indiana; Michigan; Ohio; Wisconsin; Iowa, all became states forbidding slavery!
Why is this so amazing?
1.No state, nation, or country--in the history of the world--had ever abolished slavery!!
2.No state, nation, or country--in the history of the world--had ever abolished slavery through the conscience of the slave holder!!
Remember, the colonies(states) were like small sovereign countries, and each colony(state) enacted their own laws. Although the southern colonies (states) did not follow suit with the northern colonies(states), it did not detract from what the northern states accomplished! The achievement of the colonies made the United States the first among the nations of the world to officially abolish slavery…I repeat, in all of human history!
If you never understood why America is exceptional—now you have at least two great reasons! These ‘two firsts’ are irrefutable evidence of God’s Providence in the birth of America! In other words, ‘GOD’ created America!** And one of His sovereign purposes for the United States of America was to affect the end of slavery…all over the world! In other words, The Declaration of Independence was a God-ordained document—not only for the USA…but for the world!
Abraham Lincoln recognized America’s prophetic God-ordained call to freedom declaring: "The Declaration of Independence gave liberty not alone to the people of this country, but hope to all the world for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights would be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence...".
Incredibly, God sovereignly chose and used Thomas Jefferson to start ‘HIS’ world-wide freedom revolution!!!
Let’s continue with TJ’s legacy.
9.Leaving 1776, let’s now move forward to 1778 where TJ introduced a bill on slavery in the Virginia legislature. Although a small step, his legislation was a first in Virginia to ban importation of slaves from other countries. The bill passed and TJ wrote, “This passed without opposition and stopped the increase of the evil by importation, leaving to future efforts its final eradication” (pg 136, Barton).
10.Also in 1776, TJ was elected governor of Virginia, and in 1777 he introduced yet more legislation that would fall under the category of “future efforts” for “slavery’s eradication”. In the legislation, he called for Virginians to “emancipate all slaves born after passing the act” (pg 136, Barton). Like his previous efforts, he was again rejected, and his legislation failed to pass into law. Remaining faithful to his call however, he later wrote, “Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free” (pg 137, Barton).
11.In 1781, TJ wrote ‘Notes on the State of Virginia’, considered by some to be one of his greatest achievements. Barton quotes him at length on page 137: “The whole commerce between master and slave is…the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other…. And with what execrations (denunciations) should the statesman be loaded who permits one half of the citizens thus to trample on the rights of the other…. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis—a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever…. The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest…. The way, I hope, is preparing under the auspices of Heaven for a total emancipation.” (Emphasis mine)
Notice, TJ’s desire for a “total emancipation” of the slaves! This is all the more amazing considering this was 1781--in the middle of slavery--five years after he wrote the Declaration of Independence; 8 years before the Constitution was ratified; and 80 years before the Civil War!!!
The actual truth about Thomas Jefferson unveils him in quite a different light than liberal revisionist historians portray him!
*Facts in this tidbit taken from historian David Barton’s incredible book “The Jefferson Lies”. It is a must read.
Leaders are readers; and readers are leaders. -Unknown
I know, you probably think my title is a misquote…it is not! In my last tidbit, I explained Jefferson’s quote in his ‘Notes on the State of Virginia’: “…that the blacks…are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind.” In this tidbit, I want to unveil actual actions and thoughts of Thomas Jefferson on slavery.
1.TJ’s political career began as a Virginia legislator in 1769 at 26, and continued for over 40 years! Historian David Barton writes, “Upon entering that body, he approached respected senior legislator Richard Bland and proposed that the two of them undertake an “effort in that body for the permission of the emancipation of slaves”” (pg134*). The motion was overwhelmingly defeated and Bland was attacked and called an “enemy of his country”. TJ’s response to the defeat was, “…as long as Virginia remained a British colony, emancipation policies could expect no success” (pg134*).
2.Four years later in 1770, TJ took on the representation of a black slave child in court.** TJ wrote in favor of the child’s freedom, “Under the law of nature, all men are born free. Everyone comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the Author of nature” (pg134*). Jefferson lost the case.
3.Two years later in 1772, Jefferson took on another case representing another black slave child, and once again, lost.
4.During the early 1770’s, several American colonies attempted to pass laws prohibiting slavery, all of which were rejected by the British monarch, King George III.
5.In 1774, in behalf of the nation, Jefferson responded to the British imposition of slavery upon America with a letter to King George. In that letter TJ wrote, “The abolition of domestic slavery is the great object of desire in those colonies where it was unhappily introduced in their infant state [by Britain]. But previous to the enfranchisement of the slaves we have, it is necessary to exclude all further importations from Africa. Yet our repeated attempts to effect this…have been hitherto defeated by his Majesty’s negative [veto]” (pg135*)
6.In 1776, prior to the Declaration, TJ wrote the following for Virginia, “no person hereafter coming into this country (Virginia) shall be held in slavery under any pretext whatever.” (pg135*)
7.Later in 1776, TJ was asked to pen the Declaration of Independence. Within the grievances, he wrote, “He (King George III) has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people which never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, so to incur miserable death in their transportation thither…He has…determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold” (pg135*). This portion of the Declaration was defeated and deleted through the efforts of the Representatives from Georgia and South Carolina.
8.From this statement, changes were made, and the final approved statement of the Declaration of Independence was birthed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among there are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Let’s stop here (more to come in next tidbit), and review what we’ve learned so far:
i.TJ was overwhelming anti-slavery in law.
ii.TJ blamed Britain for introducing and imposing slave law in America.
iii.As the “owner” of America, Britain was the primary reason slavery continued in America, when many colonies attempted to abolish it.
iv.TJ used the “law of nature” as his philosophical authority to fight slavery. What is the “law of nature”? It is a Bible doctrine taken from Romans 2:14: “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves” (Rom2:14,Rom1:20; Ps19:1-3). In short, the “law of nature” was a common phrase used in early America to explain what was meant by the law(s) of God written into the Creation, which drive the nature and behavior of the created order—from the moon orbiting the earth, to a spider spinning his web; to the freedom naturally written in the heart of mankind.
In other words, in theology there are two locations where God communicates with mankind:
i.Special Revelation - The Bible
ii.General Revelation – The Creation
v.TJ’s initial written statement of the Declaration of Independence was good(see 7 above), but it only applied to American slavery. However, with its rejection and changes, ironically made by those who promoted slavery, the final statement (see 8 above) was God-inspired providence. Why? It applied to freedom for the world. In other words, Declaration of Independence was not only used to end slavery in America, but has been used to bring freedom to the people of the world—from that time, to this!
*Facts in this tidbit taken from historian David Barton’s incredible book “The Jefferson Lies”. It is a must read.
**Thomas Jefferson, The Works of Thomas Jefferson (1904), Vol.I, 474, “Arguments in the case of Howell v. Netherland.”
“Don't bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill. If you don't feel well, tell your doctor, but not the marketplace. If you need money, go to the bank, but not the marketplace.”
Following are a few examples of contemporary scholarship sentiment on Jefferson:
-“Thomas Jefferson was demonstrably a racist—and a particularly
aggressive and vindictive one at that…His flaws are beyond
redemption…Jefferson is a patron saint far more suitable to white
supremacists than to modern American liberals.”**
-“Jefferson…did not believe that all men were created equal. He was
-“The third president was a creepy, brutal, hypocrite…always deeply
committee to slavery, and even more deeply hostile to the welfare
of blacks, slave or free. His proslavery views were…deeply
-“Jefferson was a racist. There is no question about that”5*
-Jefferson…was convinced…blacks had to be seen as lower beings
because of their inferiority.”6*
-“Jefferson thought…blacks were inferior to whites in body and
The evidence used to convict Jefferson of racism by modern scholars is twofold:
1.Comments he wrote in ‘Notes on the State of Virginia’
2.Jefferson owned slaves
First, let’s look at what Jefferson wrote in his ‘Notes on the State of Virginia’:
“…that the blacks…are inferior to the whites in the endowments
both of body and mind.”
These comments ‘appear’ to absolutely confirm contemporary Jefferson critics. I’m sure you are wondering how I could possibly think otherwise. First, and most important, you must remember liberalism possesses an agenda. Their objective is to discredit America’s Founding Fathers, in order to discredit their principles which were derived exclusively from the Judaeo/Christian ethic, i.e. the Bible; in order to replace those principles with atheism, the religion of liberalism. If you miss this point about liberalism—you’ve missed everything!
The methodology used to accomplish their objective is ‘Historical Revisionism’. HR is best described with the Romans 1:18 principle: “…suppress the truth in unrighteousness…”. When we apply this principle to Jefferson’s quote above, we discover that while it is true that liberals derived the quote from the ‘Notes on the State of Virginia’, but what they didn’t do was give the context. In other words, they conveniently left out, i.e.suppressed facts, that contradict their agenda!
For example, in the immediate context of the above quote, in the ‘Notes on the State of Virginia’, Jefferson actually wrote:
“To our reproach, it must be said that though for a century and a half we have had under our eyes the races of black and red men, they have never yet been viewed by us as subjects of natural history. I advance it, therefore, as a ‘suspicion only’ that the blacks…are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both body and mind” (Notes on the State of Virginia’, The Jefferson Lies, pg131).
In the same document, Jefferson also wrote, “…it will be right to make great allowances for the difference of condition…”.
Historian David Barton explains, “Jefferson understood that slavery was certainly not a favorable condition in which to compare intellectual abilities. He therefore eagerly invited and even sought outside evidence to disprove what he called his “suspicion only”” (Barton, pg 131).
A letter to Benjamin Banneker further sheds light on Jefferson’s real views. Benjamin Benneker was a free Black man, “…who was a highly accomplished, and a self-taught mathematician and astronomer. He wrote scientific almanacs that were in high demand in Jefferson’s day, “and was able to successfully predict sunsets, sunrises, eclipses, weather conditions, and recurrences of 17-year locust cycles” etc., (Barton, pg 128). Jefferson actually hired Benneker to survey Washington D.C.
In the letter to Benneker, Jefferson wrote:
“Nobody wishes more than I do to see such proofs…that nature has given our black brethren talents equal to those of the other colors of men, and that the appearance of a want [lack] of them [Blacks] is owing [due] merely to the degraded condition of their existence both in Africa and America.”
Furthermore, on the same day Jefferson wrote Banneker, “he told Condorcet that, “I shall be delighted to see that…the want [lack] of talents observed in them is merely the effect of their degraded condition, and not proceeding from any difference in the structure of the parts on which intellect depends” (Barton, pg132).
After being criticized for his “suspicion only” comments by French abolitionist Henri Gregoire, Jefferson replied,
“Be assured that no person living wishes more sincerely than I do to see a complete refutation of the doubts I have myself entertained on the grade of understanding allotted to them [blacks] by nature, and to find that in this respect they are on par with ourselves. My doubts were the result of personal observation on the limited sphere of my own state, where the opportunities for the development of their genius were not favorable, and those of exercising it still less so. I expressed them therefore with great hesitation; but whatever be their degree of talent, it is no measure of their rights. Because Sir Isaac Newton was superior to other in understanding, he was not therefore lord of the person or property of others” (Barton, pg132).
Finally, Jefferson writes to a friend Joel Barlow, referencing an earlier letter to Gregoire:
“He wrote to me also on the doubts I had expressed five or six and twenty years ago in the Notes of Virginia as to the grade of understanding on the Negroes…It was impossible for doubt to have been more tenderly or hesitatingly expressed than that was in the Notes of Virginia, and nothing was or is farther from my intentions than to enlist myself as the champion of a fixed opinion where I have only expressed a doubt” (Barton, pg133).
Barton concludes, “For today’s writers and academics to convert Jefferson’s loosely held, and cautiously and rarely expressed “suspicions” into unwavering resolute racism is a blatant misrepresentation of the facts” (Barton, pg133).
I heartily concur!!
*Title taken from chapter four of Historian David Barton’s incredible book “The Jefferson Lies”. This tidbit is based upon this book.
** Conor Cruise O’Brian. ‘The Jefferson Lies’, pg 119
***Stephen E. Ambrose. ‘The Jefferson Lies’, pg 119
4*Professor Paul Finkelman. ‘The Jefferson Lies’, pg120
5*Abolitionist, 2/12/97. ‘The Jefferson Lies’, pg120
6*Franziska Massner. ‘The Jefferson Lies’, pg130
7*Oscar Reiss. ‘The Jefferson Lies’. Pg130
If you want the things on the high shelf, you must stand on the books you read. -Jim Rohn
This is the third body of evidence against the idea that Thomas Jefferson sired children by his slave Sally Hemings.*
The culprit birthing the two century long accusation that Jefferson had children by Hemings was James T. Callender (1758-1803). He was a journalist who began his career in Scotland where he authored work critical of the British government. He was summarily indicted for sedition, and ultimately, he and his family fled to America. Incurring the sympathy of American patriots, he landed a job writing for a Republican newspaper, which was a Anti-Federalist, pro-Jefferson publication in Philadelphia. He continued his inflammatory attacks, this time against Federalists like George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams. At the time, the northern states tended to be Federalist, and the southern states anti-Federalist. Over time, this did not bode well for Callender, who was attacking the Federalists in their own front-yard. Fearing persecution, he fled from Philadelphia to Richmond, Virginia, and found another job with a Republican newspaper, continuing his attacks. “But in 1800, because of his vicious writings, Callender was convicted under the federal Sedition Law, fined $200, which is about $3000 today” (pg47). During nine months in prison, Callender wrote Jefferson 29 letters, who was then vice president under John Adams. Jefferson replied only three times, ‘BUT’ continued personal financial support of Callender’s children, which began upon his initial arrival from England.
The next year, when Jefferson became president, “he deemed the Sedition Law to be unconstitutional and pardoned everyone (14 people) who had been persecuted under it…including Callender!! Jefferson also ordered the fines…returned, with interest. The Federalist sheriff who had collected the $200 fine from Callender refused…even ignoring direct orders. Callender, now free, was unaware of these difficulties…and became infuriated with Jefferson” (pg47-48).
Furthermore, because he wrote in favor of Jefferson’s party, he now believed they owed him, and demanded a Presidential appointment as the U.S. postmaster for Richmond, which both President Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison rejected.
As the sheriff’s refusal to return the fine continued, Jefferson told Governor Monroe, “I think with you, we had better refund his fine by private contributions. I enclose you an order on Gibson & Jefferson for $50, which I believe is one fourth of the whole sum” (pg48).
Three days later, Callender responded to Jefferson’s benevolence with a vicious attack considering his $50 to be hush money, not charity, that was due. Of course, Jefferson correctly responded by cutting him off.
“The disgruntled Callender who previously had written only for Republican newspapers—that is pro-Jefferson, and Anti-Federalist publications—now actively sought a job with the Recorder, a Federalist newspaper in Richmond that was openly critical of President Jefferson.” From this point (1801) till his death (1803), he began his attacks on Jefferson—including the birthing a child with Hemings--accusation!
In his first piece, Callender wrote: “It is well known that the man whom it delighteth the people to honor [President Jefferson] keeps, and for many years past has kept as his concubine one of his own slaves. Her name is Sally. The name of her eldest son is Tom. His features are said to bear a striking, although sable [dark-skinned] resemblance to those of the president himself. The boy is ten or twelve years of age. His mother went to France in the same vessel with Mr Jefferson” (pg52).
Of course, as already noted, there are some serious problems with Callender’s facts. First, contemporary DNA research has unequivocally proven that ‘NO’ Jefferson genes—from all 26 possibilities, including Thomas Jefferson(pg2)---were found in Sally’s son, ‘Thomas Woodson’s’ lineage! Second, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings did not travel to France on the same vessel, there was a three-year gap, 1784 and 1787, respectively. Third, idea of Jefferson fathering children by Hemings was neither “well known” nor received by Americans at the time as proven by the fact that he was overwhelming re-elected to office--AFTER the rumors broke! Fourth, because any of Hemings children have a resemblance to Jefferson has absolutely ‘ZERO’ bearing on Thomas Jefferson fathering them! First and second cousins often have resemblance to one another because of the same Y gene, not because they have the same father. I personally had a second cousin whom I grew-up with, that as children, even I believed…he looked just like me! The ‘resemblance accusation factor’ in this controversy is--by far--the worst evidence in favor of those who hold that Jefferson fathered children by Sally Hemings!
Many scholars, even to this day, have debunked Callender’s accusations. “Almost every scandalously story about Jefferson which is still whispered or believed can be traced to the lies in Callender’s book” wrote, Pulitzer prize-winning author James Truslow Adams(pg54). Merrill Peterson, University of Virginia history professor and Pulitzer prize-winning historian Dumas Malone declared Callender “one of the most notorious scandalmongers and character assassins in American history” (pg55). University of Stanford, history professor John C. Miller describes Callender, “the most unscrupulous scandalmonger of the day…a journalist who stopped at nothing and stooped to anything.”
In a letter to Governor Monroe, Jefferson wrote, “I was really mortified at the base ingratitude of Callender. It presents human nature in a hideous form. …I considered him as a man of science fled from persecution, and assured my friend of my readiness to do whatever I could to serve him… In 1798, I think, I was applied…to contribute to his relief…” “In 1799…I contributed again. When he fled in panic from Philadelphia…I availed myself of this pretext to cover a mere charity and sent him fifty dollars(750 dollars today). The succeeding year, he again wanted money…sent him another 50 dollars (750 dollars today)…” “…however ready I was to aid him with my own charities, and I gave him 50 dollars (750 dollars today)…” (pg58).
If you are counting, that’s five times Jefferson contributed large sums of money to help Callender; all this, plus pardoning him from an unjust law, and returning his fine with interest! Yet, because Jefferson would not appoint him to postmaster of Richmond, Callender went on the offensive inventing the Hemings accusations…which last to this day!
In spite of these three tidbits (1-3), which pretty much, offer irrefutable evidence that Jefferson did not father even one Hemings’ child---why do the rumors still linger? It’s a simple, but complex answer. The first step toward truth, is to remember to view things from God’s perspective. The Bible declares,
1.The life of Jesus is the light of men(Jn1:3). Mankind cannot understand, apart from the life/person of Christ Jesus. Therefore, without revelation from the Holy Spirit, which is synonymous with the person of Jesus(Jn1:1,Jn14:26), mankind will misinterpret life!
2.We are instructed not to be ignorant of the schemes of the devil(2Cor2:11).
What we are now seeing in the contemporary attacks on America’s Founding Fathers is a concerted effort to discredit their reputations and character, with the intent in mind to reject their philosophy and work. In other words, the ultimate liberal agenda is to reject the Declaration of Independence and Constitution because, they are products of our Founding Fathers! But why? In order to replace those documents with their own version of ‘positive’ law—which they believe to be more updated and equitable! In other words, because the Declaration of Independence and Constitution originate in the Bible, which is God’s word, and because liberalism is a doctrine of atheism, and atheism rejects the Bible, liberalism therefore rejects the Declaration and Constitution!
It’s that simple!
I repeat, do not be ignorant of the schemes of Satan!
*This tidbit series is indebted to David Barton, and his incredible book “The Jefferson Lies”. All quotes with page numbers come from his book.
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-GARY COXE, Personal growth coach and life strategist