Thomas Jefferson is best known as our third president and the primary draftsman of the Declaration of Independence, but what influences in his life led him to embrace the democratic principles that would be the foundation of a young American Republic? Historians uncover the ideals and complexities of one of the most contentiously debated Founding Fathers in our history.
Annette Gordon-Reed, a trustee of the New-York Historical Society, is Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. Philip Bobbitt (moderator), a leading constitutional theorist, is Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School.
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