This highly interactive exhibition traces the development and ongoing influence of Jefferson's transformational ideas about liberty—particularly those expressed in the Declaration of Independence—through a groundbreaking presentation on a wall of flat-panel LCD screens.
Jefferson and other members of the founding generation were deeply influenced by the 18th-century European intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment. Enlightenment philosophy stressed that liberty and equality were natural human rights.
In the Declaration, Jefferson eloquently announced the creation of the new American nation. He presented Americans as a self-governing people committed to the principles of liberty and equality in the face of British tyranny.