"Those Who Labor for My Happiness": Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is now available in our online store

The New York Times calls it "an invaluable companion book" to the recently opened exhibition Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty.  This pioneering work by Monticello's Shannon Senior Research Historian Cinder Stanton has deepened our understanding of Jefferson—his character and psychology—without demonizing him. But perhaps even more important is the light her writings have shed on the lives of the slaves at Monticello. Her detailed reconstruction for modern readers of slaves’ lives vividly reveals their active roles in the creation of Monticello and a dynamic community previously unimagined. 

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I must admit, Cinder Stanton's title is intriguing. It’s almost as if she’s describing Mitt Romney. How strange? Jefferson did not believe in Romney’s “organized” Christianity, in any form or fashion. He denied it, in every way (please see the Jefferson Bible). How critical would Paine have been of the Mormon "addendom" to the Christian Bible?

Answer: He would have "Age of Reason[ed]" the Book of Mormon. He would have, quite simply, kicked the butt of Mormon mythology.

My FELLOW COUNTRYMEN, the lack of participation, on this blog, is very disturbing. Where, exactly, are the patriots?

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