Equality and liberty were Thomas Jefferson’s great dreams—except when it came to slaves.
On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll discuss the man and his contradictions with historian Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, which examines Jefferson’s changing stance toward slavery.
Louisa and Harry E. Hayward. Circa 1858. Louisa was the slave nurse for Harry, who was seated in her lap. The image suggests the intimate and complicated relations that existed between slaveholding family members and their slaves.
Credit Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum Phoographs and Prints Collectiojns, St. Louis.
Listener Tom Pangborn sent us this photograph from an old family farm in the Hiawatha, Sabetha Kansas area, showing the farm owner, his wife, and what he assumes are three slaves.
Kansas City, MO – The image we have of 19th century slavery often comes from the Deep South, places like Georgia and Mississippi, where rich whites owned huge plantations, kept in business by a large, unpaid labor force of enslaved African Americans. But slavery in Missouri, and some of the other border states, looked very different from that.