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Thomas Jefferson

One of the most well-known founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. The ideas of liberty he promoted continue to form the basis of the American cultural heritage today.

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Was Thomas Jefferson a Plagiarist?

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 13, 2014

Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?

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Was Thomas Jefferson a Plagiarist?

by George H. Smith on Nov 15, 2011

Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he also draw directly from contemporary works?

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Thomas Jefferson on Public Education, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 31, 2014

George H. Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.

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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)

by Daniel J. Mahoney on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, contributed some of the most important ideas to early US political theory.

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Declaration of Independence

by Daniel J. Mahoney on Aug 15, 2008

The Declaration of Independence is considered an establishing document of America and the place where the country’s values were initially written out.

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Pursuit of Happiness

by Hans Eicholz on Aug 15, 2008

The Declaration of Independence famously spoke of right to “the pursuit of happiness,” a phrase that has been questioned as to its extent and meaning.