WRITING AS A SIDENOTE ON TOUR
The mind of the writer is illuminated in the home in indirect but important ways. One can imagine the aging man sitting in his revolving chair next to his bed with his rotating bookstand composing more words to beguile the American people past and present. Monticello's main mission is to more fully form a portrait of this towering figure of American history, and the presentation of the complexities involved between asserting “all men are created equal” while the author owned and maintained slaves are easily visible while encountering the site. (That revolving chair is near many windows that allow for unobstructed view of the slaves at work.) Visiting Monticello with a particular interest in Jefferson's writing can be a testament to the hope that words can provide, even if the writer's actions do not necessarily follow the paths his language lays out.
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This site was created by Emily Kane as part of the University of Virginia's American Studies program.