Of all the founding fathers Thomas Jefferson is the most complex and enigmatic, he is a man with an ever changing portrait one which is full of contradictions, he’s a champion if individual liberty who owned slaves all his life, a fiscal conservative who lives deeply in debt, an agrarian idealist who thrives in big cities, a master politician who dislikes confrontation and fears government power except when he wields it.

Today Jefferson is best remembered as the principle writer of the Declaration of Independence but he was so much more than that. He is a hard person to fully understand as he makes it hard for you to really pin him down and decide what he stands for.

With so many layers, so many legacies and so many identities within one man, which one is the real Thomas Jefferson?

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