Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States and one of the country’s Founding Fathers. Known in particular for his role in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was a talented political writer who served as Vice-President under John Adams before being elected President in 1801. He also significantly increased the size of his home country: he is the one who was responsible for the United States’ purchase of Louisiana. In just 50 minutes, you will find out how his actions helped his country to gain its independence from Britain and learn about his decisive influence on the destiny of the United States.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key moments in Jefferson’s illustrious political career, including the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It also features a full biography, a valuable introduction to the political, social and economic context and an evaluation of the impact of Jefferson’s presidency, giving you all the essential information about this Founding Father.
About Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was born on 13 April 1743 in Albemarle County to a wealthy, respected family. His father died when he was just 14, leaving him as the heir to his family’s land. He was strongly opposed to British rule in later life, to such an extent that his political positions on the matter were judged to be too rigorous to be adopted. However, they still earned him an international reputation and led to him becoming one of the writers of the Declaration of Independence.
This clear and accessible 42-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to Thomas Jefferson
- Biography of Thomas Jefferson
- A privileged upbringing
- Entrance onto the political scene
- The presidential elections
- Political, social and economic context
- Debates on a federalist political economy
- The Quasi-War with France
- A difficult first election; an uncontested re-election
- Resolutely anti-federalist domestic policy
- Questions on slavery and the treatment of Native Americans
- Foreign policy: the president’s prerogative
- The Louisiana Purchase
- The Lewis and Clark Expedition and the conquest of the West
- Impact of Jefferson’s presidency
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