Of course we can’t have anyone pay any attention to anything Thomas Jefferson said these days, so all they teach about him (if you can call it teaching) is that he might have had a thing for Sally Hemings.
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Reality is a little messier than ideals when it comes to Jefferson. Now, granted, since Presidents generally didn’t enrich themselves at public expense off of the general public via pensions at that time, it was not uncommon for Presidents of ANY party to die broken at that time — but if you look at Jefferson’s own conduct, he died so broke that his heirs had to sell EVERYTHING to cover the debts, which might I remind you, included selling most of the Slaves they “owned” rather than freeing them. Jefferson was more about doing cool stuff with his money like building homes with impractical but neato looking domes and devices for making two copies of letters at once and big libraries (sold before he died…) than making books balance.
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