Thomas Jefferson: Freedom Fighter Or Flip-Flopper? | KCUR

Thomas Jefferson: Freedom Fighter Or Flip-Flopper?

Oct 24, 2012

Equality and liberty were Thomas Jefferson’s great dreams—except when it came to slaves.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll discuss the man and his contradictions with historian Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, which examines Jefferson’s changing stance toward slavery.

HEAR MORE: Henry Wiencek speaks Thursday night at 6:30 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Click here for more information.

Henry Wiencek, a nationally prominent historian and writer, is the author of several books, including The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1999, and An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America (FSG, 2003). He lives with his wife and son in Charlottesville, Virginia.