J for random J's,

Thomas Jefferson. 1743-1826. Was the third President of the United States 1801-1809. He was a highly educated man, an American Founding Father, also he was the principal author of the 'Declaration of Independence'.

 He coined the phrase ......

'All men are created equal', 

 which in my mind has an ironic twist because he owned  plantations with hundreds of slaves working on them. To be fair to him he did inherit them from a relative. In 1807 Jefferson signed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves.

Slaves sorting cotton on the plantations.

Moving on from Jefferson's statement 'All men are created equal'

 The highly acclaimed  novel by British writer George Orwell Animal Farm ( A brief synopsis of the story).

It evolves around a group of animals lead by the pigs, they decide to take over the farm and run it themselves, Old Major the oldest boar dies and the two younger boars Napoleon and Snowball, tired of the drunken farmer Mr Jones mistreating them drive him away,  renaming the farm from Manor Farm into Animal Farm. The animals adapt the seven commandments of Animalism, the most import one being  'All animals are equal'...

Eventually as the animals adopt a human way of life the Mantra was changed to.....

 'All animals are equal but some are more equal than others'.



Now for the final random 'J'....

There was a Jolly Miller once

 lived on the river Dee; He danced and he sang from morn 'till night No lark more blythe as he 




A jolly Miller.

And this the burden of his song For ever used to be

I care for nobody,  no,  not I, If nobody cares for me.


Enough Jabbering from me and I must thank the Jolly Denise for devising  ABCW,  Roger the Judicious admin. man, ably assisted by Jazzy Leslie, not forgetting the team of helpers who journey around all the abcw memes with Joyous glee,
JEEZ I'm Jiggered, so I'll Jump ship now until next time.
Best wishes to all,
fro,
Di.
ABCW team.

Comments

  1. so you are jumping ship... in this time of year? Hope you are a warmblooded woman because the water is to cold for me ;-) And ofcourse I hope you are a decent swimmer.. ;-)

    Impressive person for J Di, I think he did a much better job than many of his 'followers'

    Have a nice ABC-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/20-j/

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    1. Indeed Melody, I have actually dived of the edge of a yatch into the turquoise waters of the Turkish Aegean.
      I was very fit then and avery strong swimmer, sadly I can barely walk now, but, hey! I can still enjoy my enforced life style. What's the expression..'been there done that'.
      So now I can sit at my PC and ramble on to all those who will listen about my sometime, Joyful, Jazzy, Jammy, past..
      Im am so full of 'joie de vivre, that I can share my journeys
      with my
      abcw and blogger chums xx
      Best wishes Di.
      ABCW team xxx

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    2. You did? You daredevil, I would never have dared that!
      (not to mention that I shouldn't / couldn't due to my bad back) The only sport I've loved very much (up untill my 16th) was ballroomdancing.

      Good for you to keep focus on the things you can, always better then to stay in sadness about things you can't.

      ehhh what are 'blogger chums'?

      xxx

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    3. Melody the word 'chums' is a euphemism (polite term or mild alternative) for friends or pals...
      I keep forgetting that English is your second language,just demonstrates how good your language skills are xx
      Di xx

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    4. ;-) Ahh okay thank you for explaining, I am glad to notice that it means what I thought it meant.

      Thank you for that lovely compliment, I'll try to do the best I can ;-)

      And I am proud to may be a 'blogger chum' of you ;-)

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  2. Great choices! I think Jefferson forgot about the slaves because at that time, they were not considered "human." Rather they belonged to a class of animals and as such could be used as such.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. I know Leslie so awful,in fact, unthinkable.
      I wonder, did you get to see the Slave Museum in Liverpool on your previous visits.? I'm ashamed to say the wealthy shipping lines here were instrumental in shipping the poor souls from
      Africa, stopping off here, then sailing on to their destiny in America. That is how our thriving Afro English community began, by some of the slaves jumping ship, then
      being exploited by working for the rich merchants in the city, c'est la vie !
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.







      america

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  3. Fascinating group of " J " words.
    Great history lesson.

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    1. Hi there PWB,
      I must admit I struggled a bit with 'J'so hope it
      wasn't too dull.
      best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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    1. Hi PC,
      I thought you said Hysterical then, but on looking again
      you said historical, I hope it wasn't too boring?
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  5. Clever and creative post ~ fun to read and colorful ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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    1. Hi Carol,
      Thanks for your kind comments, as I've been saying that I thought it may have been a rather dull contribution.
      That's why I added the Jolly Miller on at the end.
      Although he wasn't the original Jolly Miller
      but the Miller from Camberwick Green BUT he was a Miller and he certainly looked JOLLY!
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  7. Jefferson was a complicated guy!
    ROG, ABCW

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  8. Hi Roger,
    I'm not well up on US Presidents apart from Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisehower,, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson Ford, Carter,Reagan, Bush snr and junior, Obamah and now the illustrious TRUMP....and even an Eskimo in his Igloo on the Artic has heard of the TRUMPETER...The more one can play with his name, the more you realise just how appropriate his name is.
    Are you still shovelling snow ?
    Di,
    xx

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  9. Oh thank you flower Pot , you are so kind,
    Best regards to you and the hungry Moll (Poor cat)..
    Di. xxx

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  10. J is such an existential letter. That said, I have no idea what that means. It just popped out of my fingertips. Yup, just did. President Jefferson was an interesting fellow. Our country was fortunate to have him and his mates around then to visualize our government. Who knows how many revolutions and govts. we would've gone through otherwise.

    I didn't know that you're having a tough time walking right now. Is it your knees? Hope you're feeling well as you read through my comment. Hugs to you.
    Susie

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    1. Hi Susie good to hear from you, I've just written on your blog and it's disappeared so I'll pop back and try again shortly.
      My condition is Rheumatoid Arthritis and it affects most of my joints.
      It's got a grip of my spine now which disables me from walking now Grrrr...nevermind I have come to terms with it now and concentrate on the thing I can do, not can't do,
      Have you made up a new word ? or a life crisis..
      Take care love n hugs Di xxx

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  11. Yes, he was complicated, but also very gifted. I wonder if Jefferson's statement about equality referred to slaves as well, since he did father Sally Hemmings' children, one of his slaves. We need to remember that equating the slaves to the WASP's at the time would have been extremely controversial, so he wouldn't have been able to make it that specific. Anyway, just a point to ponder.

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  12. I know of his relationship with Sally Hemming's, which wasn't unusual in those days but considering his stance on slavery his actions, in my opinion, seemed duplicitous.
    He was indeed a very gifted man, not sure about his position on WASPS
    though.
    Thanks for your comments,
    Best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  13. Animal Farm was a literature book I had to study.

    Yes, we are very proud of my little bro, known as Mr. WWF.

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  14. Hello Ann,
    Good to hear from you again.
    I wonder did you ever seen the animated film of Animal
    farm? It certainly made it more understandable and
    particularly for younger students.
    George Orwell was a pen name his real was
    Eric ARthur Blair, he was an outspoken supporter
    of Democratic Socialism.
    I like your little bro's pseudonym 'Mr WWF'most apt!
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  15. I love the book cover with the pigs. Fascinating post, thank you so much for sharing.

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  16. "All men are created equal". I like that.

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  17. From Jefferson to Trump ! How sad !

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