Get to know Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia—who voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.
Learn more about the events the led to Jefferson's authorship of the Declaration and about the document's effects worldwide. Get images and download readings of the Declaration as adopted by the Continental Congress and originally written by Jefferson.
"The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave," Jefferson once wrote. Explore this idea with your students and create digital projects with documents, letters, and images related to ideas of liberty, freedom, and self-governance.