Topic: Jefferson's Personal Life & Family

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Thomas Jefferson

Copy of a portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale; copy by James L. Dick.
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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.

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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...
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‘Dreams of the Future’: Investigating Thomas Jefferson’s Youth To Achieve Our Own Goals

Students often find history intangible, especially when it is the study of “dead white guys”. In this lesson, students consider their own personal goals for the future and...
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18th Century Friend Requests

What is a Letter of Introduction? Why were they important to men like Thomas Jefferson?
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A Lesson in Writing Letters for Elementary Students

Students will investigate a correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and his granddaughter Cornelia Randolph. The students will make predictions about what Thomas Jefferson and Cornelia would write about, and...
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Anne (Ann) Cary Randolph Bankhead, Jefferson’s granddaughter

Anne was born in 1791 at Monticello. She was the daughter of Martha Jefferson Randolph and Thomas Mann Randolph. She was Thomas Jefferson’s oldest grandchild. Anne shared her grandfather’s love of gardening. In 1808, Thomas Jefferson sent Anne a plan for his new flower garden. It showed winding walkways through beds of flowers. In 1808,…

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Anne Cary Randolph Bankhead

Portrait by James Westhall Ford
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Benjamin Franklin Randolph, Jefferson’s grandson

            Benjamin was born in 1808. His mother was Martha Jefferson Randolph. His father was Thomas Mann Randolph. He studied medicine at the University of Virginia. In 1831, Benjamin married Sally Carter. They lived at Round Top, a 642 acre farm not far from Monticello. They had three children.            Benjamin was a farmer, Virginia state…

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Breakfast with the Madisons

Artist G.B. McIntosh imagines breakfast at Monticello with James and Dolley Madison as guests. Seen in the picture are: enslaved child Israel Gillette, age 12 carrying in food;...