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  • According to the readings in Takaki, explain the “contradiction” of Thomas Jefferson. How did his practices and beliefs contradict themselves?
  • Who was Sally Hemings? What was the relationship Jefferson had with her? Why is this so controversial?
  • How does Jefferson’s “scandal” help us better understand the mind-frame of our “founding fathers” and even politicians today?
  • Do you think the U.S. system of government created during this time should be “tossed out” today because of the indiscretions and mistakes of the some of the founding fathers? Why or why not?
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