All the comment about my little comment really deserves somebody better than me to respond.
If we are not to judge ‘Massa Thom by 20th and 21st century standards (and I try very hard not to do that with any historical figure), but I can’t use his own words to make a judgement, then exactly how are we to judge?
My main argument about Jefferson is that he was for repatriating Africans, not for finding a way for the two groups (and the Native Americans) to live together. This, to me, says that ‘Massa Thom would not be particularly pleased that someone of African descent was President-elect of the U.S. My secondary argument was the intelligence argument. And while I think it is the weaker argument, The Bell Curve essentially just updates it for the 20th and 21st century.
That’s it for now. Have to write two pages on the meanings of the word discipline in Proverbs.