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Frederick Douglass and Thomas JeffersonThe many terrible cruelties and treacheries that compose the institution of slavery are exposed through Frederick Douglasss self narrated story of his life The book is very political in that it is written to advocate the cruelties of the institution of slavery and gain support for its abolition Douglass analyzes the many different elements that allowed whites to keep control of their institution I believe that Douglass would be strongly influenced by Thomas Jeffersons political ideals and governmentOne of the fundamental paradoxes of Jeffersons personal and political life has been his attitude towards life Although he owned slaves he eventually tried to abolish slavery in the western territories that were being added to the United StatesThomas Jefferson is most well known for his part in writing the Declaration of Independence He has contributed greatly to the building of our government He was also a remarkable man who set fourth the basic ideals and beliefs in government that have stayed the same for over two hundred years Jefferson believed that states could best govern the domestic matters within its state but a strong Central Government is needed as well to deal with foreign affairs and to keep the country strong as a unified nation He once stated While smaller governments are better adapted to the ordinary objects of society larger confederations more effectively secure independence and the preservation of republican governmentJefferson 76 What he was saying in this quote is that small governments like our state and our towns are the best fit to deal with the concerns of the people In turn helping the people live the best and happiest lives possible As well as being a believer in states rights Jefferson felt that the constitution should be strictly obeyed The preservation of the general government in its whole constitutional vigor as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad I deem the essential principles of our government
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