Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Jefferson à Paris

A period piece about Thomas Jefferson's relationships when he served as ambassador to France, in Paris during the French revolution. America was a new country, fresh from the American revolution, still indebted to France from an alliance created against the British

He witnessed the plight of the french people, the unreasonable excess of the nobles, the chasm between rich (noble) and poor (commoner), the purging of french society. And at the same time, still internalizing the kind of America he, and his compatriots, envision their country to be.

"all (white) men are created equal."

There were questions revolving around racism, slavery, and mestizos. Europe was by far ahead in abolishing slavery. And it seemed to suggest Jefferson might have picked up the cause from them.

And even today we see a progressive Europe in terms of civil liberties. Its unfortunate that the super power we have had to follow is the one most lagging behind.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ***
Rather shallow but contains politics

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