Originally Posted by Heilige
Thomas Jefferson had slaves, so don't you think he was sort of a hypocrite?
Regarding Jefferson's slaves:
He was given them when he was 14, and was not legally allowed to free them. He actually tried hard to do so, and was a vocal opponent of slavery. He just lived in the wrong times politically to get anything done about it.
I'm sure he could of fought of harder against slavery, especially as president, although doing so would of political suicide during his time.