Race in Jefferson’s Republic
“Race in Jefferson’s Republic”
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate. Thomas Jefferson
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!