Who Was Thomas Jefferson?

Contributor: Nichole Brooker. Lesson ID: 11073

Pull out a $2 bill and tell me who's on it. You don't have a $2 bill? OK, who died on July 4th? Who purchased Louisiana? Learn more about Thomas Jefferson and write an opinion paper based on his life!


United States

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Thomas Jefferson died on the same day as John Adams, which happened to be the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Although usually a day of celebration for the gain of American independence, July 4, 1826, will go down in history as a day of loss for many Americans. Discover the contributions Mr. Jefferson made to the United States of America.

Thomas Jefferson's Life and Contributions to U.S. History

What do you already know about Thomas Jefferson?

As an inquisitive student, you may already know a lot about the third President of the United States.

What do you WANT to know about him?

  • Do you want to explore his personal story or his education?
  • Do you want to know about his contributions to the Constitution and Bill of Rights?
  • Do you want to know more about his service to the government before he became President?

Make a list of the topics related to his life you would like to explore further. In this lesson, you will see some of them addressed and gain a better understanding of the man who is given primary credit for writing the Declaration of Independence.

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