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What's the Matter with Jefferson?


Henry Wiencek, an affiliate fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, gave a talk this week previewing his new book-in-progress about Thomas Jefferson and slavery. I was there, it was excellent, and you should give a listen. Henry is a wonderful speaker, and he may force you to confront a few uncomfortable truths about Mr. J. Plus, there’s an interesting back and forth between Henry and a Monticello historian.
PREVIOUSLY: Henry on slavery as an investment strategy.
BY THE WAY: Henry is already the author of an excellent book on George Washington and slavery and is contracted to write the encyclopedia’s Washington entry.
ONE MORE THING: That’s not Henry in the screenshot above, but senior fellow and Civil War scholar Bill Freehling, who introduced him.

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