- Oct 3, 2005
Jefferson didn't free his slaves because he didn't want to free his slaves. Jefferson was definitely Team Slavery later in his life.Not the subject of this thread, but there were very good reasons why Jefferson was not able to free his slaves. You might want to look into the laws of Virginia at the time, laws which were specifically written to stop manumission.
His "firebell" comment is perceptive, however. Slavery was a fraught institution for all sorts of reasons.