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Thomas Jefferson was a man of great moral character who has been excoriated regularly over the last 30 years by historical revisionists and presentists Hiscommitment to America and his vast contributions to the framing of society as it is today are overlooked in favor of base analysis of his character that while not flawless is that of a morally upright person who has deeply held convictions and lives by them Jefferson was born to a important family of Virginia tobacco growers Plantation life is based largely around the work of slaves so Jefferson was surrounded by them from the time when he was born in 1743 until the day he died One of the harshest criticisms of Jefferson comes from the fact that while he vehemently opposed slavery was indeed a slave owner himself Wilson also argues that Jefferson knew that his slaves would be better off working for him than freed in a world where they would be treated with contempt and not given any real freedoms Another way that Thomas Jefferson shows his moral character is in hismost famous achievement the drafting of the Declaration of Independence This document is probably the most important document in the history of the United States and one of the most important in the history of the world Jefferson writes that all men are created equal and argues that every man has the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness Jeffersons document shows not only his strongly held beliefs in freedom but his acceptance of and belief in the views of the Age of Reason He believed himself to be a person who was doing what was morally right not for the fame that would eventually accompanyit In fact he didnt want to write the Declaration to begin with In 1776 the song Not Me John shows how Jefferson was pushed into doing it despite the fact
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