His Beliefs

Conflicted Idealogy
Jefferson believed that those of African descent could never assimilate to a society among those who had been responsible for their enslavement.

His impassioned writings on abolition suggest a conflict between doing what he knew to be morally right and living in a society in which the tragedy of slavery had been normalized and generally accepted, an economy that was largely dependent on slave labor, and a complicated personal history with his own slaves.

Abolitionism failed to rid the new nation of slavery, which would continue into the next century and Britain would abolish slavery decades before the United States.