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The Writings of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

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. . .To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the first condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that, enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has its evils, too; the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people, . . . Read More

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We should not be so hasty to charge the historical figures of yesterday by the moral standards of today. Without Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, human society would be so much worse off, in so many ways. To besmirch his memory as is most constantly done with the usual tagline "...but he own

Mr. Jefferson believed in principles to help guide us on the path of right. However Mr. Jefferson was quite the politian. I have mixed feelings about Mr. Jefferson, whereas, It is good to read his writings.
Thank you, Professor Tucker!

Incredibly interesting to explore the most prime years of our history. Jefferson's writing style is surprisingly clear and easy-to-read.

My recommendations:
-- First, read the Wikipedia article on Thomas Jefferson
-- Thomas Jefferson's 'Autobiography'
-- First Inaugural Address
-- Letter to Edward Coles

This book is excellent but requires historical context, especially for reading Notes on the State of Virginia (it is infinitely better once you understand its historical significance). It's strange to me how challenging the dialect of Jefferson is to read- being a product of his time- while the work

Watched the John Adams movie and was inspired to pull this book from my library book shelf and dust it off again. I can't think of anyone today being as accomplished so early in life as the men of the revolutionary time. It just amazing that someone could accomplish so much so quick. Also, I didn't

After reading all the letters from Thomas Jefferson I feel we owe him an apology. He made clear his belief that the federal government should be extremely limited in its power. In addition to his famous writings, this book includes a large collection of letters he sent to various people. You also le

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