"From the future of your experiment in democracy"

Posted in: Jefferson Today, Plantation and Slavery, Thomas Jefferson

In a recent posting on the Newsweek Web site, a descendant of Sally Hemings pens a letter to Thomas Jefferson on the occasion of Barack Obama's inauguration. "The unfulfilled ideals of democracy which I am certain burdened your heart are closer to fulfillment," writes Clara Lee Fisher. "Slavery is ended and we the people in the year of our Lord 2008 have elected Barack Obama -- an African American to our nation's highest office."

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