Social media users have been sharing a quote about freedom online and attributing it to Thomas Jefferson. This quote, however, does not belong to the third President of the United States.
The quote reads: “Freedom is lost gradually from uninterested, uninformed and uninvolved people – Thomas Jefferson”.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation provides a list of spurious quotations attributed to Jefferson on its website Monticello.org, here . Among these falsely attributed or fabricated quotes is the one circulating on Facebook.
Anna Berkes, a research librarian at the Jefferson Library and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, confirmed to Reuters via email that the quote was not written by Jefferson. On Monticello.org, Berkes said the quote “appeared online at least as early as 2011” and “was first attributed to Jefferson in January 2012 on Twitter”. (here)
The quote also does not exist in the National Archives database, which includes thousands of records from the founding fathers here .
False. Thomas Jefferson is not recorded to have ever said “Freedom is lost gradually from uninterested, uninformed and uninvolved people”.
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