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The whole commerce between

master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other....And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.



1.How does Thomas Jefferson describe the master-slave relationship?

2.What does Jefferson argue is the "firm basis" of a nation's liberties?

3.Explain why Jefferson trembles for his country?

4.What does this quote reveal about Jefferson's overall view of slavery?

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