Author: Robert F. Turner

Until his 2020 retirement, Professor Turner taught at the University of Virginia for more than three decades. He is currently writing a book about Jefferson and Slavery.

Was Thomas Jefferson America’s First Abolitionist?

Editor’s Note: The original version of this article stated, “It was Thomas Jefferson who in 1769 drafted the law that, when enacted three years later, permitted the freeing of Virginia slaves.” The “three” here is incorrect and has been corrected to “thirteen.” Most Americans appear to believe that Thomas Jefferson raped the slave child Sally […]

Read More