Topic: International Relations

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George Washington to Marquis de LaFayette

In this letter to the Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington expresses satisfaction with the Constitution that emerged from the Philadelphia Convention. He believes the proposed government will be...
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Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur Rochambeau

This is a portrait of the Count de Rochambeau, a French nobleman and general whose participation in the battle at Yorktown was essential to defeating the British. Rochambeau...
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Jefferson to Abigail Adams

While serving as U.S. Minister to France, Jefferson kept in touch with those close to the Constitutional Convention. In this letter to Abigail Adams, he mentions the delivery...
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Jefferson to Abigail Adams (Audio)

This is a dramatic reading of a letter from Jefferson to Abigail Adams. While he was serving as U.S. Minister to France, Jefferson kept in touch with those...
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Jefferson to Anne L. G. N. Stael-Holstein

In this letter to a French friend, Jefferson contemplated the outcome of the current revolutions in South America. He feared that “bigotry and ignorance” and the influence of...
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Jefferson to Jean Nicolas Demeunier

As Jefferson explained here, Virginia’s leaders considered the gradual abolition of slavery in their state during the 1780s. Jefferson himself was a diplomat in Paris when the state’s...
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Jefferson to John Adams

While serving as minister to France in 1787, Jefferson exchanged a series of letters with Adams. This example provides a look into Jefferson’s thoughts on both the state...
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Jefferson to John Adams (Audio)

This is a dramatic reading of a letter Jefferson wrote to John Adams while serving as minister to France in 1787. This example provides a look into Jefferson’s...
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Jefferson to John Jay

In this letter to John Jay, Jefferson discussed the economy of the newly independent American republic. He believed that, with plentiful land and markets for their produce, Americans...
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Jefferson to Madame de Tessé

In this letter to Madame de Tessé, who Jefferson met while serving as minister to France, Jefferson shares his appreciation for the classical architecture he had seen during...