Topic: American Revolution


Jefferson and the beginning of the American Revolution

From 1775 to 1783, American Patriots fought the British. The war was called the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson never fought as a soldier. Instead he used powerful words to fight for independence.


Jefferson and the end of the American Revolution

             In September 1776, Thomas Jefferson left Congress. In 1779, he was elected governor of Virginia. This was during the Revolutionary War. As governor Jefferson had to raise troops, weapons and supplies for the war.  However, early in the war, the British had not fought in Virginia.             That changed in early 1781, British soldier Benedict…

Media  ›  image

Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington

This portrait of George Washington was painted in 1796 by Gilbert Stuart. Known as the Landsdowne portrait, it is one of the most famous images of the first president. Portraying...
Media  ›  document

Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom

Thomas Jefferson. “An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom,” 16 January 1786. Manuscript. Records of the General Assembly, Enrolled Bills, Record Group 78. Lab# 07_0071_01. Jefferson’s Bill for Religious Freedom became...
Lesson Plan

Thomas Jefferson’s World: Movie Guide for Middle School Classrooms

A resource guide geared towards middle school classrooms, designed to accompany the 20-minute film Thomas Jefferson’s World...
Media  ›  image

Alexander Hamilton

Jefferson's bust of Alexander Hamilton by Giuseppe Ceracchi...
Lesson Plan

Thomas Jefferson’s World: Movie Guide for AP High School and College Classrooms

A resource guide designed for advanced placement high school and college classrooms, created to accompany the film THOMAS JEFFERSON’S WORLD...
Media  ›  image

A Summary View of the Rights of British America

Title page for Jefferson's copy of his A Summary View of the Rights of British America, which he wrote in 1774....
Lesson Plan

All Men Are Created Equal

Lesson Plan Summary Students will explore the truths of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was a revolutionary document and a catalyst to change as part of an in-depth, interdisciplinary project...
Lesson Plan

And Liberty and Justice for… Some?: Writings on Liberty, Democracy, and Government by the Founding Fathers

While relying on enlightenment philosphy which stated that liberty and eqality were natural rights inherent in every person, the Founding Fathers wanted to ensure that white, male, monied citizens received...