Thomas Jefferson for Kids by Brandon Marie Miller
His Life and Times with 21 Activities (For Kids series)

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Drawing heavily from the original letters and papers of Thomas Jefferson and his contemporaries, this resource chronicles the world of the Founding Father who wrote the Declaration of Independence. From his early critiques of the colonial policies of Great Britain and King George III to his governmental roles as the first secretary of state, the minister to France, and the third president of the United States, Jefferson’s groundbreaking achievements are described in historical context. The contradictions in Jefferson’s character—most notably the fact that he owned 600 slaves in his lifetime despite penning the immortal phrase "all men are created equal"—are also explored, giving kids a full picture of this skilled politician. Creative activities that invite children to experience Jefferson's colonial America include designing a Palladian window, building a simple microscope, painting a “buffalo robe,” and dancing a reel.

 

About Brandon Marie Miller

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Brandon Marie Miller is the author of Benjamin Franklin, American Genius; George Washington for Kids; and Thomas Jefferson for Kids. She has received a dozen national awards for her writing. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
 
Published September 1, 2011 by Chicago Review Press. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, 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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Thomas Jefferson was a “man of contradictions,” an eloquent champion of freedom and equality, yet a slaveholder who fathered several children with Sally Hemings, a slave and half-sister to Martha Jefferson.

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One page has a solid discussion of Virginia planters who “enjoyed comfortable lives on the labor of slaves,” while the opposite page encourages readers to play a board game called “The Royal Game of the Goose.” Still, the volume offers the chance to delve into Jefferson’s life and be inspired b...

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