The American Dilemma Episode

What are we to make of the most famous of American paradoxes: that Thomas Jefferson, who claimed as a “self-evident truth” the principle that “all men are created equal” was a slaveholder? In this episode, Adam discusses this problem with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed. With the US undergoing one of the most profound racial reckonings for decades, how should the morally ambiguous legacy of the Founders be understood?

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