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Thomas Jefferson and the Nuances of Leadership

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Thomas Jefferson and the Nuances of Leadership

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0377
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Thomas Jefferson, primary author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president, has been called the “architect of American democracy” (a moniker popularized by Harold Ickes, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Secretary of the Interior). He wrote the “mission statement” for America when he declared that “all men are created equal.” He is consistently rated as one of America’s greatest presidents. Cities, counties, schools, and universities have been named in his honor.

However, his legacy has been seriously questioned in large part because he participated in the foul institution of American slavery, owning over 600 people during his lifetime. Historian John Ragosta examines the question of what a wealthy, white, slave-owning aristocrat has to teach us about the nature of American leadership, especially political leadership.

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