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Thoughtful...look at Jefferson's life, ideas, and career. --The New York Times
Scrupulously researched and carefully balanced. --The Associated Press
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This documentary does an excellent job of revealing the path that led towards the manifestation of the truth: That all MEN, of all races, were indeed created with an inalienable and equal right for the free pursuit of happiness. It shows us the loss of this right is not the state of human existence desired by our Creator; but that it is instead a manifestation of the chains of tyranny which men themselves create.
We are shown that outright slavery is only the most obvious example of the ways in which men are deprived of their freedom. The film describes how the seeds of this truth were sown in early drafts of the Declaration of Independence. It goes on to illustrate the necessity of preserving the existing social and economic structure, including slavery, so the nation could serve as fertile ground in which the tree of liberty would grow.
This film indicates Jefferson recognized the process of ending slavery had to be one of slow change and compromise. TJ believed that proceeding in haste would have meant the destruction of the nation. The film leads me to admire the vision, perseverance, and honor of this extraordinary leader.
It concludes by revealing that even Jefferson was not immune to a far more subtle, far more pervasive form of tyranny that exists to this day: He died in debt - hardly the "evil tax-evading capitalist slave owner" that postmodern progressives would have us believe he was.
This presentation however is unique in that it focuses on Thomas Jefferson and how he lived. We get to rebuild Monticello together several times. We get an in-depth vision of the Hemmings slave family including Sally Hemmings. We see the conflict between Jefferson and Adams from Jefferson's side. There are references to the Louisiana purchase and what this meant to Jefferson. There is particular focus on many of his paradoxes including slavery.
You may want to watch this after watching "Thomas Jefferson: a film by Ken Burns." Where Ken Burns thinks that Jefferson in a sense was frivolous and is constant changing of Monticello, this documentary sees it as part of his dynamic nature and compares it to the constant changing of the early government.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I admittedly have not seen this, but note the false claim in the description that a DNA study of claimed black descendants of Jefferson "prove" he was their ancestor. Not true. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by J. DeMeo
"Thomas Jefferson: A View From the Mountain"
This is a documentary, that seems to be focused on the "dark side" of Jefferson, yet it really fails to... Read more
I personally was expecting a broad view of Jefferson's life that talked about many things such as his birth, his marriage, his politics, including the revolution, his tenure in... Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Thomas C. Thompson
This is an excellent video on Thomas Jefferson and Monticello. It is rather nice to take a brief vacation for the mind and watch this video of Thomas' gardens, home and... Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by Shelba C. Sinsel