Thomas Jefferson by John B. Severance
Architect of Democracy

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The words of the Declaration of Independence, so familiar to us and so important to our country, were those of Thomas Jefferson. He was a primary force behind United States independence. Without his influence, our country would be vastly different from the nation we know today. Jefferson initiated public education, established a national library, and paved the way for the abolishment of slavery. Although he was not a power-hungry or even ambitious politician, Jefferson served in many different offices, including president, in order to help his fledgling country remain on its feet. His faith and dedication to the idea of self-government never wavered, even in the face of many personal hardships. John B. Severance traces Jefferson's life from his plantation boyhood to his two terms as president and his last days preparing for the opening of the University of Virginia, weaving details of both Jefferson's political career and his rich personal life together to create a thoughtful and well-researched biography. Jefferson quotes, bibliography, index.
 

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Formerly a school teacher, John B. Severance now writes full time. He lives in Westerly, Rhode Island.
 
Published September 21, 1998 by Clarion Books. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Young Adult, History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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the inclusion of many of Jefferson’s famous quotes further enhances this investigation of a man who was, in his time, a model American, as full of contradictions (a man against slavery who owned slaves, a former president who died bankrupt, a devoted family man who had a relationship with a marri...

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Severance's (Gandhi: Great Soul) ambitious portrait of America's third president chronicles Jefferson's life and career from his early education through his positions as author of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Virginia, ambassador to France, U.S. vice president and president, and f...

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