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.