Thomas Jefferson was one of the Founding Fathers and the third president of the United States. From Virginia, he expressed a belief in abolishing slavery even though he was an enslaver himself. He regarded black people as inferior to white people and argued that after abolition, black people would have to be removed from the US. He fathered several children with one of the enslaved women on his property, Sally Hemings, although he lied and denied that this was true.
President Thomas Jefferson Character Timeline in A Different Mirror
The timeline below shows where the character President Thomas Jefferson appears in A Different Mirror. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: A Different Mirror
...meant the forced eradication of Native people and their ways of life. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson expressed hope that one day Americans would be a homogenous people who all spoke the... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 2: The “Tempest” in the Wilderness
...Native people. Following the Revolutionary War, the Founding Fathers faced a dilemma regarding Indians. Thomas Jefferson both praised the “friendship” that theoretically existed between settlers and Indians, while also arguing that... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3: The Hidden Origins of Slavery
Part 2, Chapter 4: Toward “the Stony Mountains”
...become the home of the Cotton Kingdom. The land-allotment program, which was originally established by Jefferson, was the main way in which land was taken from the Creek, Chickasaw, and Choctaw... (full context)