Learn all about Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Founding Father and third president of the United States, and how he came to write one of the mostly widely regarded documents in human history --- the Declaration of Independence.
Jefferson's Pursuit of Knowledge (4 min)
As a young man in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson pursues an education based on the ideals of the Enlightenment.
Jefferson Challenges the King (3min)
Thomas Jefferson is known for penning The Declaration of Independence, but some of his earlier writings establish the pattern of challenging the British monarchy.
Jefferson and the Continental Congress (4min)
Over 17 days, Thomas Jefferson writes what will become the mission statement for a revolution and a new nation: the Declaration of Independence.
Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence (3min)
At 33, Thomas Jefferson wrote the original draft of America's historic Declaration of Independence, which was approved by the Continental Congress after several days of debate and revisions on July 4, 1776.
Declaration of Independence (4min)
To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?