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Jefferson's Epitaph

Francis D. Cogliano

in Thomas Jefferson

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624997
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624997.003.0006
Jefferson's Epitaph

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One his tombstone Jefferson noted just three achievements-his authorship of the American Declaration of Independence; his authorship of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom; and his role in the founding the University of Virginia. This chapter argues that republicanism, separation of church and state, and education were at the heart of Jefferson's understanding of the meaning of the American Revolution. It traces the way that historians have treated each of these aspects of Jefferson's legacy.

Keywords: Thomas Jefferson; Declaration of Independence; Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom; University of Virginia

Chapter.  14203 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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