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Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence
Transcript of Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence
Wrote his own epitaph and omitted many of the public offices he held
He wished to be remembered as . . .
the author of the Declaration of Independence
the author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom
the Father of the University of Virginia
These 3 achievements could be related:
The Declaration expressed the idea of a free society ruled by the consent of the governed. Informed consent could be based only on good education. Good education could be based on a certain freedom of the mind.
Declaration of Independence
Jefferson wished to make the Declaration "an expression of the American mind"
"The object of the Declaration of Independence was not to find out new principles or new arguments never before thought of . . . but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent."
Jefferson took many ideas about government from English philosopher John Locke
Locke said that life, liberty, and property were natural rights
Locke explained the English revolution (1688) by maintaining that certain rights belong to all human beings and cannot be taken away legally by any government
When you hear the word "revolution," what words, phrases, or images come to mind?