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The Embargo Act of 1807: Thomas Jefferson’s Failed Foreign Relations Policy

While the intentions of the act may have been noble, in reality, the embargo act of 1807 meant to hurt the British and the...

Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings – Illicit Love Affair?

Thomas Jefferson may have had an illicit interracial affair with his servant, Sally Hemmings. It is also believed that he fathered Hemmings' seven children. Martha...

President Thomas Jefferson’s Wife Martha

Martha Wayles Skelton ,a widow whom Jefferson married, died before he was elected president. She made him promise that he would never remarry. He...

The Religion of Thomas Jefferson

Of all American presidents, Thomas Jefferson most strongly maintained the ideals of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. In religious terms, Thomas...

Thomas Jefferson and Public Education

Jefferson regarded a comprehensive education for all as fundamental to both good government and the responsible practice of religion. Jefferson’s high regard for the...

Thomas Jefferson’s Guiding Principles

Jefferson was a man of extraordinarily wide-ranging interests and accomplishments; but he himself suggested three core principles that guided his life. In April of 1962...

Thomas Jefferson and the Consent of the Governed

Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, which was, and still is, one of the most radical political documents ever...

Third President of the United States Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

Thomas Jefferson was one of the greatest men to occupy the Office of President, author of the Declaration of Independence, yet a slave...

Thomas Jefferson and Freedom of Religion

Historians continue to debate Jefferson's personal religious views; but there is no doubt about his commitment to religious freedom for all. Early in his...

Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase

Though Thomas Jefferson was a primary author of the Declaration of Independence, he was certainly not, as a strong Anti-Federalist, a framer of the...