Monticello as an institution needs to reinvent itself as a purveyor of the complete truth about slavery in general and Jefferson's passion for slaveholding in particular. This blurb is immensely disappointing in its sugar coating and mitigation of the brutal reality of Jefferson's cruel and greed-driven passion for slavery. This blurb gives the impression that cruelties on the plantation were isolated incidents or otherwise anomalous. This is a lie. The slaves were kept industrious through all of the usual and horrific means of terror--and Jefferson's own writings and the archaeological evidence make this clear. Jefferson wasn't, as this blurb would have us believe, trapped by a system he longed to escape--he was, in fact, an innovator and enthusiast among slaveholders, using any means necessary to increase his profits. True, he did not personally whip slaves; he hired overseers to do the dirty work that he himself devised and/or approved. Jefferson helped perpetuate a vile system that many prominent men and women if his time publicly abhorred. There is no excuse for Jefferson's actions, which directly savaged the lives of hundreds of men, women, and children. And there is likewise no excuse for Monticello's continued complicity in hiding the well documented truths of this most dark location--the slave city upon a hill.