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Old July 5th, 2014, 10:57 PM   #1

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Contradictory Figures in History


Learning about historical figures and the differences between their espoused beliefs and their actions fascinates me, and it makes them seem more human.

I'm wondering what historical figures you think had notable contradictions.

I've been reading a lot and writing a bit about Thomas Jefferson lately, and I'm fascinated by his contradictions -- trying to end slavery but freeing only 5 of his own slaves in his will, preaching against a strong federal government but issuing a national embargo and making the Louisiana Purchase without Congress's input, etc.
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