Give me Liberty

Give me Liberty

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  • The most moving words Jefferson wrote in his Declaration of Independence condemned slavery.
  • We don't want to free our slaves we paid for. We will free the at our death.
  • Jefferson went against King George saying he "Waged cruel war against human nature by captivating and carrying a distant people who had never offended him into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither."
  • You'll be free!
  • South Carolina and Georgia refused to sign anything that stated slavery. They said it "Violated the sacred rights of life and liberty.
  • I can't do this!
  • People didn't want slaves to be free but Thomas Jefferson thought not only colonists should be free but slaves should be free too. It was extremely difficult for a owner to release his slaves while he was alive.
  • Jefferson never freed his slaves but tried to outlaw the horrific practice again in 1784 . Then in 1789, as president he signed an ordinance prohibiting slavery in the Northwest territories.
  • Thomas Jefferson went through a lot of struggles while writing the Declaration of Independence because not very many people agreed with his great ideas, even though he was told to write it.
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