Race in Jeffersons Republic
What could be more American than apple pie, mom, and Thomas Jefferson? Like all of us, Jefferson was a person of infinite complexity. He experienced joys, sorrows, disgust, frustrations, uncertainty, and self-doubt. He was one of America’s founding fathers, but also a human being who lived in a rapidly changing world. In the true sense of the word, he was a Renaissance Man, one who excels in a variety of endeavors. He was an inventor, statesman, musician, architect, bibliophile, agronomist, author, diplomat, and president. He was also a husband, father, and slaveholder. Was Jefferson a genius with limited character, or just a wealthy man who was a product of his times?
In this learning module, you will investigate this very real person who shaped a revolution that shook the foundation of the world’s political structures. You will:
Actively read historian Ronald Takaki’s provocative essay on Jefferson as well as primary sources from Jefferson and others in Hollitz, Chapter 6.
Complete a Critical Thinking Analysis with an added paragraph explaining four primary sources,
And draw conclusions regarding Jefferson’s life and legacy as well as implications for our lives today!