Topic: Jefferson's Public Life & Politics

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Boundaries of the Louisiana Purchase

This map shows the boundaries of the Louisiana Purchase as recognized today. In 1802, the U.S. and its territories occupied most of the land to east.
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Engraving of the Declaration of Independence

Engraving of the Declaration of Independence.
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Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence

In early May, 1776, Jefferson traveled to Philadelphia to be a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. After a week’s journey, he arrived in Philadelphia. He was thirty-three years old, the youngest member of the Congress. 

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Jefferson’s Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence

Jefferson’s Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence. Images courtesy the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress  ...
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‘Edgehill’ portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Painting of Thomas Jefferson by Gilbert Stuart
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Map of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

This map of the western part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was drawn by Samuel Lewis (no relation to Meriwether) using drawings supplied by William Clark.
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Thomas Jefferson: President of the United States

In 1800, Thomas Jefferson ran for president of the United States. John Adams also wanted to be president. Jefferson and Aaron Burr ran as Republicans. John Adams and Charles Pinkney ran as Federalists. There were many differences between the two groups.Republicans felt that the government belonged to all the people. They believed most people could…

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Personal Morals vs. Political Moves

Because he wrote that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence in 1776, should Thomas Jefferson be thought of as a hypocrite for owning slaves?
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Brief Biography of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was an incredible man. He is famous for writing the Declaration of Independence and for being the third president of the United States. Jefferson was also a gardener, father, designer and thinker, who believed in the rights of men.Early YearsJefferson’s early years helped shape his life. He was born April 13, 1743 at…

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Thomas Jefferson

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