Jefferson’s first draft of the Declaration included a paragraph on slavery that Congress edited out

Clay S. Jenkinson is the creator of this podcast — a nationally syndicated public radio program, The Thomas Jefferson Hour, heard on many NPR stations.

Independence Day was one of only two holidays that Jefferson celebrated. Joining Clay on this podcast is historian Joseph Ellis, who shares some perspectives and insights on the day, including John Adams’ belief that Independence Day would always be celebrated on July 2nd.

Also discussed is a very significant paragraph Jefferson wrote for the Declaration of Independence regarding slavery that congress edited out.


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