To See Oneself as a Target of a Justified Revolution: Thomas Jefferson and Gabriel's Uprising
William G. Merkel
Charleston School of Law
American Nineteenth Century History, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2003
Examines Jefferson's response to Gabriel's Uprising and argues that Jefferson employed the language of criminal theory in urging Virginia Governor James Monroe to spare the lives of convicted conspirators for the sake of justice and the state's image before the enlightened world. Jefferson's analysis of the slave rebels' acts and intentions makes clear that - at least in abstract, philosophical terms - Jefferson saw the slave uprising as justified, while he viewed white Virginia's resort to deadly force to counter the revolt as at best excusable.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Haitian Revolution, Gabriel, Virginia, criminal theory, justification, St. George Tucker, legal education, slave rebellion, Election of 1800, militia, Richmond, James Sidbury, Douglas Egerton
Date posted: January 29, 2007 ; Last revised: August 3, 2013