Topic: Primary Documents & Jefferson Writings

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Engraving of the Declaration of Independence

Engraving of the Declaration of Independence.
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Fire Bell in the Night

The Missouri Compromise was a difficult time in American history. The question of slavery and states’ rights came to the forefront as America and their leaders debated how...

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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Runaway Ad

Jefferson ran this ad offering a reward for the return of “Sandy” in “The Virginia Gazette” on September 14, 1769.  ...
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Slavery and the Legacy of Thomas Jefferson

Students will critically evaluate and reflect on information concerning the life of Thomas Jefferson as a slaveholder. They will also examine slavery at Monticello and the effects of...
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$15 Million Well Spent?

Determining the Purpose of the Corps of Discovery
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Jefferson’s Economic Plan for the Louisiana Territory

Developed for AP US History coursework. Can be adapted for any level.
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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?