“The Ambidexter Philosopher”: Thomas Jefferson in Free Black Political Thought

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This talk focuses on African American ideas about Thomas Jefferson from the American Revolution through to the post-emancipation era. An overview of African American commentary on Jefferson in speeches, letters, books, pamphlets and other available testimony, it explores how such works document the connections between early black struggles for freedom and civil rights and African American claims on American nationalism and citizenship.

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African American Jefferson

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