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" The cession of that kind of property (for so it is misnamed) is a bagatelle, which would not cost me a second thought, if, in that way, a general emancipation and expatriation could be effected: and gradually, and with due sacrifices, I think it might... "
Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies: From the Papers of Thomas Jefferson - Seite 324
von Thomas Jefferson - 1829
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Friends and Citizens: Essays in Honor of Wilson Carey McWilliams

Wilson C. McWilliams, Peter Dennis Bathory, Nancy Lynn Schwartz - 2001 - 311 Seiten
...John Holmes, 22 April 1820, where Jefferson, commenting on the general problem of slavery, observes: "[W]e have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither...is in one scale and selfpreservation in the other." 40. Jefferson to Adams, 22 January 1821, 569-70. Politics and Friendship: Martin Van Buren and Andrew...
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Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American ...

John E. Ferling - 2002 - 392 Seiten
...Not long after writing Coles, Jefferson wrote another acquaintance that "We have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go....in one scale, and self-preservation in the other." Thus Jefferson refused to take a stand. He admonished Coles to abandon his imprudent idea. Coles did...
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Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson

Paul Finkelman
...labors."71 In his most famous statement on the subject, Jefferson wrote, "[W]e have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go....Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other."72 Historians have traditionally read this declaration as an indication of Jefferson's fears...
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The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War

David J Eicher - 2002 - 992 Seiten
...political war on the issue in his time was not worth the consequences. "As it is," wrote Jefferson, "we have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go." Yet just as the economic realities that might have led to the decline of slavery unfolded in Jefferson's...
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Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of ...

Thomas G. West - 1997 - 219 Seiten
...which would not cost me a second thought, if, in that way, a general emancipation and expatriation could be effected; and gradually, and with due sacrifices, I think it might be. If the slaves were to be freed, they must live elsewhere. In his Notes on Virginia, Jefferson explained...
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Thomas Jefferson: A Chronology of His Thoughts

Thomas Jefferson, Jerry Holmes - 2002 - 333 Seiten
...would sacrifice more than I would to relieve us from this heavy reproach, in any practicable way. . . . But as it is, we have the wolf by the ears, and we...is in one scale, and selfpreservation in the other. . . . I regret that I am now to die in the belief that the useless sacrifice of themselves by the generation...
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Restoration of the Republic: The Jeffersonian Ideal in 21st-Century America

Gary Hart - 2002 - 304 Seiten
...unfulfilled and further justified his most noted conclusion on this inherent paradox of American democracy: "We have the wolf by the ears; and we can neither...Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other."117 The Mature Jefferson and the Radical Republic Following his retirement from public life,...
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Thomas Jefferson and the Rhetoric of Virtue

James L. Golden, Professor Emeritus James L Golden, Alan L. Golden - 2002 - 522 Seiten
...it at once as the knell of th Union." Later in the same letter, he observed that "we have the wolf b the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely...Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other."1 These two oft-quoted metaphors graphically described a polarized rhetorical situation that...
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War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars

Andrew Carroll - 2008 - 512 Seiten
...member of the Massachusetts Senate: 'We have the wolf by the ears," Jefferson wrote on April 22, 1820, "and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go....in one scale, and self-preservation in the other. " Tensions mounted as violent encounters flared throughout the nation. In 1831 a slave named Nat Turner...
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The Making of an American Senate: Reconstitutive Change in Congress, 1787-1841

Elaine K. Swift - 2002 - 264 Seiten
...quiet such talk but not quell it. Observing the controversy from Monticello, Jefferson warned that "as it is, we have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go."41 From the North's sectional stronghold in the House, where it held a substantial majority of...
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