Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Streaming Video - 1997
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As one of America's founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson is considered by some to be the man of the millennium, analogous to the progress of the first 200 years of American history. He was a man of freedom and expansion, yet he had the restraint that is necessary to succeed with that freedom--the commitment to becoming learned and skilled. As the third president of the United States, Jefferson was responsible for doubling the size of the country with the Louisiana Purchase and for assigning Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to their historic expedition of the West--moves that were symbolic of Jefferson's yearning for personal growth. In this episode, Jefferson's battles with the Federalist movement are explored; as well as his controversial relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings; his retirement to Monticello; and the ensuing personal tragedies that surrounded him towards the end of his life.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 1997
Characteristics: 1 online resource (2 video files (ca. 180 min.)) : sd., col

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Jun 09, 2018

This excellent documentary takes a wide-ranging look at this eccentric Founding Father. Filled with contradictions, Thomas Jefferson's long and multifaceted life gets detailed by a variety of individuals including famous writers Gore Vidal and George Will. While a full picture of the man known as the 'American Spinx' is likely to never be really known, the film remains totally worth watching.

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