Meet Thomas Jefferson

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When Thomas Jefferson was young, Virginia was still a colony of England. Jefferson thought that many English laws and taxes were unfair, so he studied hard to become a lawyer and help make better laws. Soon he and others came to believe that the colonies should become a new country, and Jefferson was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence. As the third president of the United States, he focused on exploring the country and making it grow. His fairness and love of learning made him one of the most beloved...
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When Thomas Jefferson was young, Virginia was still a colony of England. Jefferson thought that many English laws and taxes were unfair, so he studied hard to become a lawyer and help make better laws. Soon he and others came to believe that the colonies should become a new country, and Jefferson was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence. As the third president of the United States, he focused on exploring the country and making it grow. His fairness and love of learning made him one of the most beloved presidents of all time.

An easy-to-read biography of the third President with emphasis on the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

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Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, was a very famous person in American history. He is primarily known for writing the Declaration of Independence. This biography gives us many interesting facts about Jefferson to help us focus on the time period of his life between 1743 and 1826. Jefferson was born in Tidewater, Virginia. At that time, Virginia was an English colony. We learn of Thomas' boyhood adventures, which help us to realize how his formative years were training grounds for our future president's clever ideas. At the age of 14, due to his father's death, he became head of the house and very wealthy. He learned Latin and Greek and at age sixteen went to college at William and Mary in Williamsburg, taking in the atmosphere of this town rich in politics. Later he became a lawyer and was very concerned about taxation as well as other unjust laws the English projected on the colonists. Jefferson's inventions are also brought out in this biography, as well as aspects of his family life. Readers see how the Revolutionary War came into play as Jefferson's notability continued to rise. When Virginia became a state, Jefferson became its governor. He also invented the money system used today. Jeffereson was an amazing man during his lifetime and still is by today's standards. This high-interest biography covers a lot of American history by tying Jefferson's life to it. 2001 (orig. 1967), Landmark Books/Random House, $4.50. Ages 8 up. Reviewer: Donna Nelsen
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375812118
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Landmark Books Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 231,019
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Meet Thomas Jefferson 1
2. Tuckahoe 4
3. Growing Up at Shadwell 7
4. Tom Goes to College 10
5. Becoming a Lawyer 13
6. Monticello 16
7. A Wife and a War 21
8. The Declaration of Independence 26
9. New Laws for a New State 29
10. America Wins the War 34
11. New Ideas for a New Country 38
12. France 41
13. Americans Choose Sides 45
14. President Jefferson 50
15. The Louisiana Purchase 53
16. President Again 56
17. The University of Virginia 59
18. The Last Days 63
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    The sentences are too short.

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