This video segment adapted from Africans in America explores Thomas Jefferson's assertion in the Declaration of Independence that "all men are created equal." With this document, Jefferson announced to the world that the newly formed United States of America would be a nation that valued liberty, equality, and the right to self-determination. Yet at the same time that he wrote these words, Thomas Jefferson held title to over 200 human beings as his personal property.
You can learn more about slavery and the Declaration of Independence on the Africans In America Web site.
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