Boing Boing has an excerpt from an about-to-be-published book about Jefferson, and his changing position on slavery. This book is going to raise a perfect storm, and rightfully so. Click on the link in the article, and you’ll find an extensive review of the book on smithsonian.com. It’s another correction of history that has been hidden from view up until recently, a portrait of Jefferson as profit-minded slave owner.
As fascinating as it is, and I do intend to buy the book eventually, its present importance for me is that it’s the inspiration for another story. The elements of such a story have been scattered through my files for some time, but reading the Smithsonian review triggered an entire plot. At least it won’t be a novel, thank goodness.