Professor Susan Dunn has some interesting thoughts on Thomas Jefferson in this week’s issue of Time.
Jefferson believed in the transparency of government. He was the only one of the Founding Fathers who thought that the Constitutional Convention of 1787 should have been open to the public. He believed that ideas should circulate, not be discussed in secrecy.
EphBlog heartily agrees. A different contributor to the same forum argues that Jefferson:
maintained a decades-long concubinage with his slave Sally Hemings, fathered several illegitimate children with her who consequently became his property . . .
As discussed here, I am suspicious of this claim.