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America's most famous document, with illustrations and biographies of the signers.
Thomas Jefferson was born in Virginia in 1743 into a wealthy and socially prominent family. After attending the College of William and Mary, he went on to study law. At the age of twenty-six, Jefferson began building Monticello. Three years later, in 1772, he married Martha Wayles Skelton. The couple had six children, two of whom survived to adulthood. Considered elequent in his writing, although not as his speech, Jefferson took on much of the writing needed by the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress, both of which he was a member. In 1776, at the young age of 33, Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. From 1779 to 1781, Jefferson served as Governor of Virginia. Jefferson temporarily retired from public life after his term as governor, returning to public life in 1784 as a diplomat serving in France. In 1790, Jefferson was appointed Secretary of State in President Washington's Cabinet, but resigned in 1793 over a disagreement with Alexander Hamilton. As political disagreements continued to polarize the young government, Jefferson found himself leading those who sympathized with the revolutionary cause in France. In 1800, Jefferson was elected President in a tie vote that ironically was decided by Alexander Hamilton. In 1809, after two terms as President, Jefferson returned to his home in Monticello, where he developed, among other projects, plans for the University of Virginia. In addition, he sold his collection of books to the government to form the basis of the Library of Congress. Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826.See all Editorial Reviews
Wish everyone would get this and read about the DOI. We are loosing our connections to our founding as evident in our "me me me" entitlement, socialist direction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cyril J. Stanton
Applewood Books, the publisher of this handy-sized, affordable, well-bound little book did a great job printing this book, along with the others in the series (including the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Michaud
Love this little book for its concise and precise teachings of the origins of our great country, America. Wish more children read it.Published 12 months ago by cornelia
GREAT to give to the kids and grandkids. Good stocking stuffer.Published 13 months ago by C. Wilson