Thomas Jefferson is one of our nation‟s most beloved founding fathers. Most Americans feel that they know more about him than other founders such as John Adams and James Madison. However, do we really know who he was? Just what kind of man was Thomas Jefferson? He wrote the words, “All men are created equal.” Yet did he actually believe those words enough to live them at Monticello?
1. To prepare for this essay, begin by reading the Introduction and Setting on pages 112-115 of Hollitz, Chapter 6. These pages are for your information only; you will not use this information for your CTA and analysis of primary sources.
2. For this assignment,
Begin by actively reading (Document 1), “Within the „Bowels‟ of the Republic” by Ronald Takaki (pp. 116-123). The first part of this assignment is a Critical Thinking Analysis of Takaki‟s article. Go back to the CTA instructions and example found on Student Tools or LM 7.
Next, as you read the primary sources (Documents 2-12, pp. 123-134), decide which 4 primary documents most strongly support Takaki‟s thesis and supporting arguments. Discuss these primary sources with an explanation for each, explaining why you believe these 4 documents support Takaki‟s thesis and evidence. You will need to demonstrate your understanding of each of the 4 primary sources and how each relates to Takaki. If you just explain the primary source, you haven’t completed this part of the assignment. The primary source must relate back to Takaki’s thesis and evidence. Be sure to let your reader know which primary source you are discussing.
If you choose to quote from the documents, you must use quotation marks and cite the quotation using document and page numbers. For example: (Document 5, p. 128).
Do not use lengthy quotations; paraphrasing Takaki‟s words or the primary sources demonstrates that you have processed and understand the material.
Use no more than three direct quotations from the chapter; make sure these quotations are no more than two lines each.
Double-space your work, and use 12 point, Times New Roman font. Proof aloud, and put spell and grammar check to work for you. Approximate length: 2 ½ – 3 pages.
“Race in Jefferson’s 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!