1743 - 1826
…some honest men fear that a republican government can not be strong, that this Government is not strong enough; but would the honest patriot…abandon a government which has so far kept us free and firm…? I trust not. I believe this, on the contrary, the strongest Government on earth. First Inaugural Address
Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, spent his childhood roaming the woods and studying his books on a remote plantation in the Virginia Piedmont. Thanks to the prosperity of his father, Jefferson had an excellent education. After years in boarding school, where he excelled in classical languages, Jefferson enrolled in William and Mary College in his home state of Virginia, taking classes in science, mathematics, rhetoric, philosophy, and literature. He also studied law, and by the time he was admitted to the Virginia bar in April 1767, many considered him to have one of the nation's best legal minds.
US Presidents and Slavery
Before the Civil War, many US presidents, including Jefferson, owned enslaved people, and all of them had to deal with slavery as a political issue
Thomas Jefferson’s electoral revolution of 1800
Alan Taylor, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor at the University of Virginia, talks about the transfer of power to President Jefferson during the election of 1800
Thomas Jefferson and the problem of Union
History professors Gary Gallagher and Peter Onuf discuss Thomas Jefferson as part of the Miller Center’s Historical Presidency series
Redeeming Thomas Jefferson?
This American Forum episode examines Thomas Jefferson with two of America’s most esteemed Jefferson scholars.