This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Thomas Jefferson: A Man Of Many Dimensions

1721 words - 7 pages

Gibson 1 Cassandra Gibson Erik Iverson United States History I March 1, 2012 Thomas Jefferson: A Man of Many Dimensions Thomas Jefferson’s inspirational words proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence have a spine-tingling effect, leaving readers with chills, but yet enlightened and proud. I can imagine Thomas Jefferson sitting at his desk, passion pouring onto the paper with each stroke of his pen as he endlessly works throughout the day, candlelight by night, searching for the perfect words for what would become the nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty. “All men are created equal . . . they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights . . . Life, Liberty and the ...view middle of the document...

Jefferson later explained he was “neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment . . . it was intended to be an expression of the American mind” (McCullough 121). Although the Declaration of Independence lacks originality, Jefferson’s observations on the physical, emotional and behavioral differences between Blacks and other races in his Notes on the State of Virginia are quite original. Jefferson portrayed Blacks to be foul and less attractive than Whites due to their lack of flowing hair and the “immovable veil of black which covers all the emotions” (Jefferson 265). Jefferson also depicted Blacks to be cruder and more animalistic than Whites, writing that Blacks are “more ardent after their female: but love seems with them to be more an eager desire, than a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation,” adding that love “kindles the senses only, not the imagination” (Jefferson 265-267). Jefferson concluded that “their existence appears to participate more of sensation than reflection,” implying that a life without reflection is similar to that of an animal (265). Jefferson went as far as suggesting that on the Great Chain of Being, Blacks were a separate species located beneath humans but above orang-ootans (Magnis 500). Jefferson based Blacks inferiority on one of two things: either Blacks were created a distinct species, or they were made by time and circumstance (Jefferson 270). In order to explore this further, Jefferson compared the Blacks with the noble savages who did not have the same exposure to arts, education, and sciences as they did – the Indians (Jefferson 266). Jefferson commends the Indians on their drawings and intricate carvings which prove their desire for cultivation. Jefferson adds, “they astonish you with strokes of the most sublime oratory,”

Gibson 3 which “prove their reason and sentiment strong, their imagination glowing and elevated . . . But never yet could I find that a black had uttered a thought above the level of plain narration; never see even an elementary trait of painting or sculpture” (266). Jefferson even compared slavery with Roman slavery, concluding that the white Roman slaves were treated more harshly, however, despite their harsh conditions, Roman slaves were often the “rarest of artists,” the most learned of scientists and the trusted tutors to their master’s children (Jefferson 268). Jefferson concluded that Blacks could not achieve the same intellectual accomplishments of the Roman slaves, Indians, or Whites adding that “the improvement of the blacks in body and mind, in the first instance of their mixture with whites, has been observed by everyone, and proves that their inferiority is not the effect merely of their condition of life . . . but the nature which has produced the distinction” (267-268). Jefferson’s belief that Blacks were members of a race so alien and inferior, there was no hope that Whites and Blacks could coexist side by side on terms of equality. Jefferson...

Other Essays Like Thomas Jefferson: a Man of Many Dimensions

Poe, a Man of Mystery Essay

1090 words - 5 pages Poe, a Man of Mystery EN1320 Danielle Waters April 21, 2013 Edgar Allan Poe’s life from beginning to end was shrouded in turmoil and touched with mystery. He was a curious man in life that left much mystery in the wake of his passing. Several theories exist but there is no absolute answer to Poe’s untimely death. He was born January 19, 1908 in Boston, Massachusetts, orphaned at the age of three when his mother passed away and then

Comparing Merchant’SThe Death Of Nature And Thomas’ Man And The Natural World

972 words - 4 pages in favor of Bacon’s mechanical view led to the "death of the world soul and the removal of nature’s spirits" which "helped to support increasing environmental destruction by removing any scruples that might be associated with the view that nature was a living organism" (227). With this throwing off of the moral yoke, Bacon and his fellow man were free to do with nature what they would. Keith Thomas, however, has a very different opinion of

How Many Licks to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Pop?

766 words - 4 pages Tootsie Roll Pop - How Many Licks does it take? Instructions: This activity will take two class periods to collect and analyze the data. Time will also be needed outside the class for writing the final report. Objective: In this activity you will determine the rate of change of volume of a Tootsie Roll Pop (TRP) as you consume it. Equipment: • Tootsie Roll Pop • Dental Floss & Ruler • Graphing Calculator or Spreadsheet Data

Martin Luther King Jr. As A Man Of Courage

1432 words - 6 pages campaign that King was shot in the neck by a rifle bullet. He died a few hours later in a Memphis Hospital. Even after he had succeeded in gaining rights blacks had not even dreamed of King had not been satisfied. He had the courage to want better for every man and woman of every race. His Poor People's campaign made King a symbol of inspiration and courage for every race.Martin Luther King is considered by many to be a symbol of courage. His bravery

A Comparison-Contrast Essay of Neil Postman and Thomas Friedman’s Opinions

1166 words - 5 pages MOOCs and Their Ability to Deliver Writing Instruction Online A Comparison-contrast essay of Neil Postman and Thomas Friedman’s Opinions James A. Dennis University of Maryland University College MOOCs and Their Ability to Deliver Writing Instruction Online Higher education is currently undergoing what may be its most significant change since the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century. Technology is restructuring many

The Origin of Native American Man: a Look at Possible Migrations of Pre-Historic Man Into North America

1880 words - 8 pages The Origin of Native American Man: A Look at Possible Migrations of Pre-Historic Man Into North America Ally Crawford ARC 330 Dr. Ortmann Spring 2011 Abstract The origins of Native American people have been a topic of debate in academia for decades. There have been several theories, up to and including the possibility that Native Americans arrived via alien intervention. The origins of Native Americans are much less fantastic

These Are Notes From A Industrial/Organizational Psychology Class Including Many Key Factors For A General Understanding Of I/O Psychology

5477 words - 22 pages , threat is not real-not for every job the right method2.2 Secondary research methods:-reanalyses findings from previously primary research methodsMeta-Analysis-Study of studies- combine/ compress many good independent researches to one study/ one conclusion-aim: approach to the truth-File Drawer Effect: studies with a negative result are not publishedostudies biased in positive direction-researcher must make a number of subjective decisions- which

The Destiny of Man and Environment in Jean Sasson's Love in a Torn Land

5232 words - 21 pages existence has recently received much attention from many writers around the world. The armed conflict between the Iraqi regimes and the Kurdish freedom fighters has inflicted heavy losses and unforgettable traumatic experiences on the Kurdish people. In effect, humanitarian writers started to present the suffering and the plight of the Kurds in their fictional works. This study focuses on the destiny of man and environment in Jean Sasson's Love in a

The Importance Of Violence In "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" By Flannery O'Connor

1111 words - 5 pages The Importance of Violence in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor.In the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find", Flannery O'Connor uses violence as aforce of both good and evil to demonstrate how people's attitudes and perspectives of lifechange when they are faced with a situation of violent danger. The story is about a familyof six who, on their way to Florida are murdered by an escaped convict who calls himselfthe Misfit. The

What the Black Man Wants: a Modernization of Frederic Douglass's Speech

851 words - 4 pages I am Frederick Douglass. I was born a slave, but I know now that I will not die, beaten and bruised as one of my colour. I have taught myself to read and write[1], and I have endured all the hardships and the disadvantages to being born a slave. Because of all that, I am now a free man. I am here in front of you today, in this Congressional session, to speak of freedom, equality and the bare privileges that come with being a free American. I am

Fact or Fiction: a Critique of the Man-Eating Myth: Anthropophagy and Anthropology

1935 words - 8 pages Fact or Fiction: A Critique of the Man-Eating Myth: Anthropophagy and Anthropology The Man-Eating Myth: Anthropophagy and Anthropology by William Arens (1979) examines the evidence or lack thereof in determining what constitutes cannibalism or anthropophagy. Throughout history anthropologists as well as other “explorers” have encountered numerous peoples throughout the world. During their fieldwork they have gathered data which suggest the

Related Papers

Hamlet: A Man Of Many Qualities

1269 words - 6 pages Hamlet: A Man of Many Qualities     Hamlet is a man of many different qualities and he reveals only certain qualities to certain people.  Hamlet draws his audience, the reader, into noticing the different qualities that he has.  His qualities are shown through his conversations with other characters as well as through his soliloquies. These words of wisdom and revealance help to distinguish how Hamlet feels about

Jefferson: A Man With A Plan

2350 words - 10 pages writings on basic human rights caused a radical shift in American Colonist thoughts and these stunning ideas would influence the Americans to break away from Great Britain. “As a boy, Thomas Jefferson’s was shy and often tongue-tied…Preferred the company of books to that of most people.” (Wilmore, 1) These were words to describe the young Jefferson; his childhood would prove to be a key in shaping the man, who through his words would change a

Sir Thomas More: A Man For All Seasons

550 words - 3 pages In Robert Bolt’s, “A man for all seasons”, Sir Thomas More did not die in vain. He stayed true to himself. More achieved more in the end because he didn’t let death worry him. His last words illustrate this “His will not refuse one who is so blithe to go” (pg. 99). More understood that he was in line with his beliefs. More fought for what he believed in and refused to be molded into something that he wasn’t. He knew that by dying, he would be

The Worldview Of A Man Essay

2194 words - 9 pages to compartmentalize his philosophy so as to keep the ideals separate from the practical. This is a shame, since all that really matters is the practical. After encountering many philosophical systems, I have found all the commonly discussed ones sorely lacking. They either completely neglect some key areas of functional relationships between man and nature, or are wholly offensive to any idea of good living. A prime example would be