1. His public words have inspired millions, but for scholars, his private words and deeds generate confusion, discomfort, apologetic excuses. When the young Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” there’s compelling evidence to indicate that he indeed meant all men, not just white guys.

    But by the 1780s, Jefferson’s views on slavery in America had mysteriously shifted.

    — Maureen Corrigan’s review of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson And His Slaves by Henry Wiencek

  2. Maureen Corrigan

    Fresh Air

    Master of the Mountain