The Relation of Chains and Thomas Jefferson Writing about Slavery

The reason Laurie Halse Anderson chose a quote from Thomas Jefferson writing about slavery in her book Chains was because they both brought up the topic of how slavery was wrong, and how people knew that, but it would be harming the economy to get rid of it. Thomas Jefferson states,"But, as it is, we have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.” This states that there is no easy solution to slavery. In Chains there are people who agree with, and want slavery. People like Madame Lockton take advantage of slavery, and would not be able to go on without it. On the other hand, people like Lady Seymour treat everyone fairly, and instead of having slaves, choose to hire servants. This relates to my picture because the white people who were opposed to slavery were often kind to the slaves and helped them, as this white gentleman is doing here. They would help by giving them food, clothing, money, or even helping them run away to freedom.`

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