“We have no paupers,” Thomas Jefferson boasted in an 1814 letter. “The great mass of our population is of laborers; our rich, who can live without labor, either manual or professional, being few, and of moderate wealth. Most of the laboring class possess property, cultivate their own lands, have families, and from the demand for their labor are enabled to exact from the rich and the competent such prices as enable them to be fed abundantly, clothed above mere decency, to labor moderately and raise their families.”
I'll never understand why people go to Jefferson for quotes as if he were some saint on social issues. Free speech, politics, whatever - but on issues of social equality he was such egregious hypocrite.
You mean white males not white people.
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