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Monticello (We the People)

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Relates the history of Thomas Jefferson's home in western Virginia, including what life was like there for himself, his family, their slaves, visitors, and descendants, and how Monticello became a museum.

Relates the history of Thomas Jefferson's home in western Virginia, including what life was like there for himself, his family, their slaves, visitors, and descendants, and how Monticello became a museum.

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Relates the history of Thomas Jefferson's home in western Virginia, including what life was like there for himself, his family, their slaves, visitors, and descendants, and how Monticello became a museum.

Relates the history of Thomas Jefferson's home in western Virginia, including what life was like there for himself, his family, their slaves, visitors, and descendants, and how Monticello became a museum.

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Monticello is located in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The building was begun in 1768, though it went through many revisions throughout Thomas Jefferson's life. He was an architect and wanted his home to depict the things he enjoyed. Jefferson was well traveled and enjoyed European architecture. He was the first person in the United States to have a dome roof in his home. He loved being at Monticello, but his political career kept him away for years at a time. He had a vested interest in the plantation and made many changes to the building and the grounds even while he was away. He called himself a farmer and experimented with different vegetables, fruits, and trees. After his death, Monticello was sold several times and is now owned by a foundation that allows visitors to tour the home. This book gives a nice overview of this very famous home and of Thomas Jefferson. The pictures help show what is being discussed and the layout is very appealing. The table of contents, glossary, timeline, and important people section help readers gain a greater understanding of Monticello and Thomas Jefferson. Educators will want to include this book in their library. It is a wonderful resource for children doing reports or studying Thomas Jefferson and his home. 2003, Compass Point Books, Ages 9 to 11.
—Debbie Bohn
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Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.
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Table of Contents

A Special "Little Mountain" 4
The First Monticello 9
A New Design 16
Life Inside Monticello 20
The Monticello Plantation 28
Difficult Years 34
A New Life 38
Glossary 42
Did You Know? 43
Important Dates 44
Important People 45
Want to Know More? 46
Index 48
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