Nathaniel Macon on Thomas Jefferson:
“What ought surely to be inferred from Mr. Jefferson’s notes and life, is, that he thinks slavery is a curse, but thinks it is a greater curse to emancipate in his native Virginia. His democracy like that of his great countrymen who have been before mentioned, appears to be of the white family.”
Note: This excerpt about the Jeffersonian-Jacksonian ideal of “Herrenvolk democracy,” which is the foundation of Dixie as the White Man’s Country, comes from Disunion! The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859, which I will be reviewing here shortly.