Topic: Jefferson's Public Life & Politics

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Martha Jefferson Randolph, Jefferson’s daughter

Martha Jefferson was born at Monticello on September 27, 1772. Her father was Thomas Jefferson. Her mother was Martha Wayles Jefferson. When she was ten years old, her mother died. Martha recalled that her father "kept to his room for three weeks. .." Martha shared her father’s sadness. Thomas Jefferson encouraged Martha’s studies. When she…

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Merciless savages or eminent orators: What did Jefferson really think about the Indians?

In this lesson students will explore a wide range of primary sources written by Thomas Jefferson regarding American Indians,* in an attempt to determine his true feelings and...
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Natural Rights and Thomas Jefferson, Attorney at Law

The following paper, written by an AP Student, explores the impact Thomas Jefferson's law career, from the beginning of his formal studies to his contributions to to Virginia Law, had on his ideology regarding natural rights. This ideology lives on today, forming the centerpiece of the American ideal. By Melody Joy Basinger, Arcadia High School 

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Overrated or Undervalued?

Understanding the historical significance of the contributions of Thomas Jefferson during the American Revolution, the creation of the Union, his presidential term, and his retirement years, as well...
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Practicing the DBQ: APUSH “Changing Policy Towards American Indians and Jefferson’s Role”

This lesson will specifically cover a Document Based Question covering Thomas Jefferson’s views of Native Americans and connecting it to the American government Indian Policy. The focus is...
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Rotunda at the University of Virginia

The Rotunda is the centerpiece of UVA's Academical Village, which Jefferson designed....
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Rotunda, University of Virginia, South Elevation

Jefferson's South Elevation of the Rotunda, 1819 (N-328, K-8); Image courtesy Special Collections, University of Virginia Library....
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The Birth of Modern Elections

21st Century Politics in the Presidential Election of 1800
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The debate over the Assumption Plan and the Bank of the United States: Why did Jefferson disagree with Hamilton?

What are the components of a successful economy? How does an economic system deal with debt? Students will evaluate Jefferson’s ideas about how the early economic system of...
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The Declaration of Independence

 Fradin, Dennis B. The Declaration of Independence. A New True Book series. 1988. From the Thomas Jefferson Portal: Examines the political situation in America at the time of the troubles between England and her colonies there and describes how the Declaration of Independence was written and accepted.