Jefferson revising Jefferson: Two Excerpts from Query 17, Notes on the State of Virginia (Audio)

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In this audio clip, Monticello’s Chad Wollerton explains that Jefferson scholar Douglas Wilson has discovered Jefferson’s 1782 “fair copy” of his only published work, Notes on the State of Virginia, which had been virtually hidden for over 200 years. Bill Barker, who portrays Thomas Jefferson, then offers a dramatic reading that compares a portion of Jefferson’s 1782 version of Query 17, Religion, to the 1787 published version.

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