not just another Thomas Jefferson letter — this time, he describes slave rentals


“I am very sorry indeed to hear of so poor a chance for hiring laborer,”  Jefferson wrote. “It will be a serious embarrasment (sic) to me. I am in hopes you will have been able [t]o procure me some.”

The implications of slave trade such as Jefferson outlines in this letter have far-reaching impacts that are still lingering today. “Everything going on in the country right now, with race relations so volatile, we forget that the President of the United States owned slaves and dealt in slave trade,” Livingston said. “[The Founding Fathers] allowed this institution to exist, and the pain of it is still obvious in our country.”

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