Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
April 8, 2014
Guests: Susan Stein, Steve Hahn
â€śWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…â€ťÂ Although we associate Thomas Jefferson with the ideals of equality and freedom, over 600 enslaved men and women worked on his Virginia plantation, Monticello, during his lifetime. A new exhibit at the National Constitution Center, â€śSlavery at Jeffersonâ€™s Monticelloâ€ť examines the life of these enslaved families and the paradox between Jeffersonâ€™s public ideals and his private life.Â Today weâ€™ll talk about slavery in early U.S. history and on Jeffersonâ€™s plantation with SUSAN STEIN, Senior Curator at Monticello and Vice President of Museum Programs and STEVE HAHN, a Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom.