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In celebration of Jefferson's Birthday, we're giving away a kindle copy of BOTH volumes of the Declaration of Independence series on Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams!
Murray, thank you for being with us. we're honored to have you here today! I loved the part of your story discussing Jefferson's original wording in the declaration. Is it true that some of the founding fathers wanted to outlaw slavery right off?
Jefferson owned slaves but it seems to me he wanted to be done with it personally as well as give America a clean start that was void of such an abuse of human rights. All the delegates agreed with his original draft where he abolished slavery EXCEPT South Carolina and Georgia and it was to appease them and remain united in the face of the British army that Jefferson's section on abolition was deleted. He was incensed.
What made congress choose Jefferson to pen the Declaration?
That was the influence of John Adams and Ben Franklin, particularly Adams. He knew Jefferson had a lively mind, was well-read, and wrote with eloquence and passion. He persuaded Congress to let Jefferson write the first draft which would then be subject to Congress approval - and edit.
What was Jefferson's personality like?
More of an introvert. Didn't like crowded social occasions. Didn't like the city. Not one for speaking a lot, he preferred to talk via his quill and writings. A quick wit and a nimble mind, highly intelligent, fluent in a number of languages, always inventing something (like the lap desk he wrote a great deal of the Declaration on), exploring the natural world and recording his observations (thanks to him we know what the weather was like on July 4th), or reading a book. He was warm to his wife and family, less so to others in the sense he was not a hugger and kisser, yet he was not an icy man, just more subdued and withdrawn than friends like the Adams brothers or Ben Franklin.
As you've studied Thomas, what is it you like most about him?
His energy and passion for all of life, God included, that makes him seem to me to be as fresh and curious and energetic as a man who possesses eternal youth.
Jefferson was a lawyer, was the profession in any way different than it is today?
Wow. Sounds like Jefferson had his work cut out for him. Thank you so much for joining us today, Murray!
Murray Pura was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, just north of the Dakotas and Minnesota. His first novel was released in Toronto in 1988 and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award. Since that time he has published ten more novels, two collections of short stories, and several nonfiction titles including the Zondervan books Rooted and Streams and the Baker devotional Majestic & Wild. He has been a finalist for several awards in the US and Canada and in 2012 won the Word Award of Toronto for Best Historical Novel. Murray lives and writes in southwestern Alberta and is currently published by Barbour, Baker, Harper One, Zondervan, and Harvest House as well as several other publishing houses – he works with publishers in Canada, America, the UK, and Holland. His releases for 2013 include the novels: Ashton Park, The Rose of Lancaster County, A Road Called Love, Seven Oaks, The Painted Sky, Whispers of a New Dawn, Beneath the Dover Sky, The Name of the Hawk, and An Amish Family Christmas. His diverse writing spans many genres including: historical fiction, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, romance, adventure, western, suspense, fantasy, Amish, and inspirational. Most of his work is available in ebook format for Kindle, Kobo, and Nook as well as in paperback.
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Thomas Jefferson by Murray Pura
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