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What You Aren’t Told About Thomas Jefferson & Slavery (Pt.1)| Rob McDonald | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Rob McDonald (Professor & author) about one of the more complicated of the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and his complicated relationship with the history of slavery. In this clip Rob focuses on Jefferson’s life after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. What few people know is that while also being a slave owner the first law he proposed as the Governor of Virginia was to make it legal for people to free their slaves. He also proposed a law that would have forbid slavery in what would be the future states of the deep south. He also discusses what we know about his relationship with Sally Hemings and why his debt prevented him from even being able to free his slaves. As with most of American history the real details of American slavery are more complex than we are often led to believe. This clip is from our President’s Week special in 2018 where we partnered with Learn Liberty for five episodes about five Presidents. Watch the full interview about Thomas Jefferson here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVGXfgY9VFI&list=PLEbhOtC9klbCr0iN2ANJbaV477B0eSpc6&index=4 Is the state of US news driving you crazy? Does the coverage of political news rarely seem “fair and balanced”? Serious discussions on US politics is vital to having a healthy democracy. No matter what political party you belong to, we need to be able to hear a variety of political perspectives. Whether you majored in political science or just want to have a deeper understanding of the issues you’ll want to check out this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEbhOtC9klbCr0iN2ANJbaV477B0eSpc6 To make sure you never miss a single Rubin Report video, click here to subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJdKr0Bgd_5saZYqLCa9mng?sub_confirmation=1 Looking for smart and honest conversations about current events, political news and the culture war? Want to increase your critical thinking by listening to different perspectives on a variety of topics? If so, then you’re in the right place because on The Rubin Report Dave Rubin engages the ideas of some of society’s most interesting thought leaders, authors, politicians and comedians. The Rubin Report is the largest talk show about free speech and big ideas on YouTube. Dave allows his guests to speak their minds and his audience to think for themselves. New videos every week. The Rubin Report is fan funded through monthly and one-time donations: http://www.rubinreport.com/support ****** Dave Rubin’s book, “Don’t Burn This Book” is now available at: www.dontburnthisbook.com LISTEN to The Rubin Report podcast: www.rubinreport.com/podcast See Dave LIVE: https://daverubin.com/events/ Sign up for our newsletter with the best of The Rubin Report delivered to your inbox once a week: http://www.rubinreport.com/newsletter Official Rubin Report Merchandise: https://teespring.com/stores/therubinreport All art on the set are original works by Caylin Rose Janet. Get a print here: https://www.caylinrosejanet.com/rubinreportart.html ****** Rob McDonald Professor of History, U.S. Military Academy His opinions do not represent those of the United States Military Academy, the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government. Robert McDonald is Professor of History at the United States Military Academy and author of “Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time.” Get the book here: http://amzn.to/2Gj9WyW ****** Follow Dave on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RubinReport Follow The Rubin Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rubinreport Follow Dave on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daverubin Follow Dave on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rubinreport/?hl=en About Dave Rubin: http://rubinreport.com

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