Topic: Education

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Thomas Jefferson’s Books

Jefferson had thousands of books on various topics in his library at Monticello. These volumes contain the writings of ancient Greek authors, including the historian Thucydides. Jefferson believed...
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Thomas Jefferson’s Expectations

Using Jefferson quotes and primary and secondary sources, this lesson focuses on the importance of education and why we need to value education today. The goal of the...
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To the Speakers of the House of Delegates, and of the Senate

In this 1801 speech, Governor James Monroe made a powerful case in favor of public education in Virginia. Governments that depended on the people for their talents and...
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Type Improved Compound Microscope

Thomas Jefferson purchased a microscope in Europe in 1786. Seventeenth-century scientists used the earliest microscopes to study biology. By the eighteenth century, these instruments were also available to...
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University of Virginia, Charlottesville, & Monticello

This print shows the University of Virginia in 1856, when approximately 600 students were attending it. Charlottesville appears in the distance, and Monticello lies beyond the town atop...
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Views of Williamsburg

This print depicts the chief buildings in Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. The top row shows the Governor’s Palace. The second row features the Wren Building at the College...
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Virgil’s Aeneid

This Latin edition of Virgil bears the signatures of both Thomas Jefferson and his close friend Dabney Carr. The two men met as students at a Latin school...
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Webster’s Dictionary

Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828. Webster was a strong nationalist. Like the spelling books he had produced since the 1780s, his...
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Word Cloud of students’ answer to the challenge "What does July 4th mean to me?"

This word cloud was created from responses to the challenge “What does July 4th Mean to me.” The challenge was issued to home schooled students on Home Educator’s...
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Yale Chapel

This woodcut of the chapel at Yale College in Connecticut dates to 1786, the same year that Virginia adopted Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom. Religion continued to play...