Topic: Education

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Notes on the State of Virginia

This document is an excerpt of Thomas Jefferson’s only book-length publication. Jefferson wrote the work during the early 1780s in response to a series of questions from Frenchman...
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Crusades Against Ignorance: Educating Citizens to Create Change

Students will be using Primary Source Analysis tools and prepared excerpts of various letters from Thomas Jefferson on the subject of education. Through the facilitation of discussion and...
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Purposeful Education, According to Thomas Jefferson

This is a document analysis lesson where students will use Jefferson’s ideas to learn about the benefits of pursuing higher education. In a college preparatory course (AVID), this...
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Thomas Jefferson’s Expectations: Jefferson’s Point of View on the Importance of Education

Students will evaluate primary sources for point of view in order to create a CEA (Claim, Evidence, Argument) statement on why Thomas Jefferson held such high expectations for...
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40th Annual Naturalization Keynote

In this July 4 naturalization ceremony speech at Monticello, author Frank McCourt shares his love for America and its diversity. This love for America drove him to move...
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46th Annual Naturalization Keynote

In this July 4 naturalization ceremony speech at Monticello, President George W. Bush briefly reviews some of Jefferson’s accomplishments, then argues that Jefferson believed the rights to life,...
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A Bill Establishing a Provision for Teachers of the Christian Religion

In 1784, Patrick Henry proposed this bill, which would have provided tax-supported religious instruction for Virginians. Henry believed that Christian morality made people better citizens. He also thought...
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A New Universal History of Arts and Sciences

This image is from A New and Universal History of the Arts and Sciences, shewing their Origins, Progress, Theory, Use and Practice, and Exhibiting the Invention, Structure, Improvement,...
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Address to the Public

Benjamin Franklin gave this speech to a Philadelphia anti-slavery society in 1789. As president of the society, Franklin argued for the abolition, or end, of slavery and also...
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An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution

Noah Webster wrote this essay to support the constitution produced by the recent convention in Philadelphia. Critics condemned the constitution’s plan for a strong central government, which seemed...