Jun 26, 2020
Could a slaveholder also be an advocate for equality for all? That is the riddle left behind by one of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Jon Meacham have teamed up for a study in contradiction. “In the Hands of the People: Thomas Jefferson on Equality, Faith, Freedom, Compromise and the Art of Citizenship” was edited by Meacham and has an afterword by Gordon-Reed. They talk with our Walter Isaacson about the problem of Jefferson’s monuments–and those of so many others–and whether or not they should come down. Originally aired on June 26, 2020.