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Thomas  Jefferson
[1743-1826]   •   U.S. President #3, 1801-1809

Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826] portrait by Rembrandt Peale
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"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."

"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."

"He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine;
as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me."

"I hope [that] we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already
to challenge our government to a trial by strength and [to] bid defiance to the laws of our country."

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies."

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

"Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no
milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor."

— Thomas Jefferson

image of the 2007 U.S. Presidential Dollar coin

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Chronology of Thomas Jefferson's Life
Thomas Jefferson entry at Wikipedia

Thomas Jefferson catalog at Amazon
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Spirit of America Bookstore's Founding Fathers Page
Thomas Jefferson Quotes Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

Books  About  Thomas  Jefferson
browse books at Biographies & Memoirs / Thomas Jefferson Dept. at Amazon

The Life of Thomas Jefferson in 3 volumes by Henry Stephens Randall  "The Life of Thomas Jefferson" biography in 3 volumes [1858]
by Henry Stephens Randall [1811-76]

Considered the most complete and authoritative biography ever written on Jefferson, because
he was the only biographer permitted to interview Jefferson’s immediate family.

Volume 1: confusion provides two Volume 1 and no Volume 3?
Forgotten Books 9x6 pb [8/2012] for $14.26
Forgotten Books 9x6 pb [8/2012] for $14.18
Volume 2:
Forgotten Books 9x6 pb [8/2012] for $14.59
Volume 3: see Volume 1 confusion
Gale, Sabin Americana 9¾x7½ pb [2/2012] for $38.51

"Thomas Jefferson: A Character Sketch" [1898] by Edward S. Ellis

An American Bible 1911 book edited by Alice Hubbard  "An American Bible: The Humor, Wit, Wisdom, Religion & Philosophy of Eight Great Americans" [1911] Edited by Alice Hubbard
chapters/topics are Introduction, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Elbert Hubbard, Robert G. Ingersoll, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, and Walt Whitman
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [1/2014] for 99¢ {sic}
Univ California Libraries {blue cover} 8x5 pb [1918 facsimile] for $25.64
Roycrofters 7¼x5 hardcover [1911] out of print/used
Little Journeys Volume 3 book by Elbert Hubbard  "Little Journeys, Volume 3: American Statesmen" [1916]
by Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

includes articles on 'The Little Journeys Camp', John Quincy Adams, Samuel Adams, Henry Clay, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Hancock, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, George Washington, and Daniel Webster
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2011] for FREE! {sic}
Qontro Classic Books 11x8½ pb [7/2010] for $9.99
Perfect Library 9x6 pb [5/2015] for $15.90
Scholar's Choice 9¾x7½ pb [2/2015] for $24.75
Univ California Libraries blue cover 8x5 pb [1916 facsimile] for $24.99
available as free online etext at Internet Archive
Thomas Jefferson bio by Nock  "Mr. Jefferson" [1926 classic] by Albert Jay Nock
"I know of no other book on Jefferson that penetrates so persuasively to the essential
substance of the man." — H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

Kindle Edition from Ludwig von Mises Institute [4/2011] for $2.99 {sic}
Hallberg 8x5¾ pb [9/83] out of print/many used
Harcourt, Brace & Co. 9x6½ hardcover [1926] out of print/scarce
Lost World of Thomas Jefferson  "The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson" [1960]
by Daniel J. Boorstin

"a rich intellectual history of Jefferson's personal and political philosophy"
Univ of Chicago Press 8x5¼ pb [8/93] for $16.00
In Pursuit of Reason biography of Thomas Jefferson by Noble E. Cunningham, Jr.  "In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson" [1987]
by Noble E. Cunningham, Jr.

Ballantine Books 9¼x6¼ pb [5/88] for $14.40
Louisiana State Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [5/87] out of print/160+ used
Thomas Jefferson, Man On A Mountain biography by Natalie Bober  "Thomas Jefferson: Man On A Mountain" YA biography [age 12 & up; 1988]
by Natalie S. Bober

"as seen on the Ken Burns documentary"
Aladdin Books 9x6 pb [2/97] out of print/many used
Atheneum 9¼x6¼ hardcover [12/88] out of print/many used
Thomas Jefferson bio by WSR  "Thomas Jefferson: A Life" [1993]
by Willard Sterne Randall

Harper Perennial 8x5¼ pb [8/94] for $15.43
Henry Holt 9¼x6½ hardcover [10/93] out of print/180+ used
American Sphinx  "American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson" [1997]
by Joseph J. Ellis

Vintage 8x5 pb [4/98] for $10.85
Knopf 9x6½ hardcover [2/97] for $19.77
Mr. Jefferson's University  "Mr. Jefferson's University" [2002]
by Garry Wills

National Geographic hardcover [11/2002] for $14.00
What Would Jefferson Do?  "What Would Jefferson Do?" [2004]
by {radio talk show host} Thom Hartmann

Three Rivers Press 8x5¼ pb [8/2005] for $11.20
Harmony 8¼x5¾ hardcover [7/2004] out of print/used
Tempus Fugit novel by Lawrence Lee Rowe  "Tempus Fugit: A Novel" [2005] by Lawrence Lee Rowe, Jr.
"Some men would be great in any time" American forefathers George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson appear in modern times and are forced to adapt the principles of their time to airplanes, Constitutional amendments, World Wars, the Kennedy assassination, Jerry Springer, emancipated Afro-Americans, and the internet.
M.D.R. Press 8½x5½ hardcover [12/2005] for $19.95
Jefferson's Women  "Mr. Jefferson's Women" [2007]
by Jon Kukla

Knopf 9¼x6½ hardcover [10/2007] for $17.79
Thomas Jefferson, Draftsman of a Nation book by Natalie S. Bober  "Thomas Jefferson: Draftsman of A Nation" biography [2008]
by Natalie S. Bober

Univ Virginia Press 9x6 pb [1/2008] for $14.95
Hemingses of Monticello book by Annette Gordon-Reed  "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family" [2008]
by Annette Gordon-Reed

book won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for History
Kindle Edition from W.W. Norton [9/2009] for $9.99
W.W. Norton & Co. 9¼x6½ pb [9/2009] for $12.89
W.W. Norton & Co. 9¾x6½ deckle-edge hardcover [9/2008] for $23.25
recalled Jefferson Lies book by David Barton  "The Jefferson Lies: Exposing The Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson" [4/2012] by David Barton, Foreword by Glenn Beck
Christian publisher & distributor Thomas Nelson received assurances from the evangelical propagandist author about accuracy, but upon publication critics railed at the hundreds of outright falsehoods contained within it, so Nelson halted further production and recalled all copies of this insult to America. (Barton is just another fake Christian who got caught.)
"Debunking David Barton's The Jefferson Lies" [9/2012] by Chris Rodda
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [9/2012] for $4.99
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [9/2012] for $10.99
Getting Jefferson Right / Fact Checking book by Warren Throckmorton & Michael Coulter  
"Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President"
[2012] by Warren Throckmorton, PhD & Michael Coulter, PhD

Kindle Edition from Salem Grove Press [7/2012] for $4.99
Salem Grove Press 9x6 pb [7/2012] for $12.95
Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves book by Henry Wiencek  "Master of The Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves" [2012]
by Henry Wiencek

Kindle Edition from Farrar, Straus & Giroux [10/2012] for $13.49
Farrar, Straus & Giroux 9x6 hardcover [10/2012] for $17.03
Jefferson & Hamilton Rivalry That Forged a Nation book by John Ferling  "Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged A Nation" [2013]
by John Ferling

Kindle Edition from Bloomsbury Press [10/2013] for $9.99
Bloomsbury Press 9¼x6¼ pb [10/2014] for $13.02
Bloomsbury Press 9½x6½hardcover [10/2013] for $16.05

see also Spirit of America Bookstore's Alexander Hamilton [1757-1804] Page

Young Jefferson in Kindle format by Thomas Fleming  "Young Jefferson" for Kindle [2015] by Thomas Fleming
123-page Kindle Edition from New Word City [6/2015] for $2.99

"A Life of Thomas Jefferson" [1963-68]
by Leonard Wibberley [1915-83]

"Young Man From The Piedmont: The Youth of Thomas Jefferson - The Years 1743 to 1776" [1963]
FS&G hardcover [1/2000] out of print/used
FS&G hardcover [1/63] out of print/used
FS&G / Ariel hardcover [1/63] out of print/used

"A Dawn In The Trees: Thomas Jefferson - The Years 1776 to 1789" [1964]
FS&G hardcover [8/88] out of print/used
FS&G hardcover [1/66] out of print/used
FS&G / Ariel hardcover [1/64] out of print/used

"The Gales of Spring: Thomas Jefferson - The Years 1789-1801" [1965]
FS&G hardcover [1/2000] out of print/used
FS&G 8x5¼ hardcover [1/65] out of print/used

"Time of The Harvest: Thomas Jefferson - The Years 1801-1826" [1966]
FS&G hardcover [1/67] out of print/used
FS&G hardcover [1/66] out of print/used

"Man of Liberty: A Life of Thomas Jefferson" [1968]
FS&G hardcover [6/68] out of print/used

Motion  Pictures  &  Stageplays
About  Thomas  Jefferson

filmography of Thomas Jefferson {as a character; 120+ titles} at Internet Movie Database

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"The Patriots" Broadway stageplay [181 performances, 1943]
Written by Sidney S. Kingsley; credits at Internet Broadway Database

"Hallmark Hall of Fame" episode "The Patriots" [NBC-TV Nov 1963]
"The Patriots" 1963 episode of "Hallmark Hall of Fame"  90-minute TV movie directed by George Schaefer; adaptation by Robert Hartung, based on Sidney S. Kingsley's 1943 stageplay; starring Charlton Heston, Howard St. John, John Fraser, Dana Elcar & Peggy Ann Garner
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
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"1 7 7 6"  Broadway musical comedy [1969]
1776 Broadway Broadway cast soundtrack album  Music & lyrics by Sherman Edwards, book by Peter Stone
1997 Broadway cast: Richard Poe, Pat Hingle, Brent Spiner, Paul Michael Valley & Lauren Ward
credits at Internet Broadway DatabaseBP's "1776" play fansite
TVToons 1997 cast audio [12/97] for $10.43
TVToons 1997 cast audio CD [12/97] for $14.99
1969 Broadway cast: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard & Betty Buckley
credits at Internet Broadway DatabaseDK's "1776" play fansite
Sony 1969 cast audio CD [5/92] for $14.99

1776 video  "1776"  feature film [Columbia Nov 1972]
A musical version of the meetings in Philadelphia prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.Directed by Peter H. Hunt; based on the hit Broadway musical by Sherman Edwards & Peter Stone; starring William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard & Blythe Danner
Col/TriStar color DVD [7/2002] for $22.46
Col/TriStar color VHS [4/91] for $17.99
Col/TriStar color VHS [8/98] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb

"Great Performances" episode "The Patriots" 2-hour TV special [PBS-TV 1976] /tt0254664/

Jefferson In Paris 1995 movie  "Jefferson In Paris" [Merchant-Ivory March 1995]
Following the death of his wife, American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson is sent to France as the U.S. ambassador to the court of Louis XVI, where he develops friendships and flirtations with the French, tries to bridge the divide with his daughters, and finds the relationships with his slaves from home (technically emancipated in France) shifting beyond his control. Directed by James Ivory; starring Nick Nolte, Gwyneth Paltrow, Thandie Newton, Seth Gilliam & Greta Scacchi
Disney Video widescreen color DVD [4/2004] for $9.99
Buena Vista Home Video color VHS [4/96] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

Ken Burns Thomas Jefferson special  "Thomas Jefferson: A Film by Ken Burns" [P.B.S. 1996]
Directed by Ken Burns; written by Geoffrey C. Ward; narration by Ossie Davis & Sam Waterston
PBS DVD [8/2001] for $25.49
PBS VHS [1/2002] for $22.48
Simitar VHS [1996] for $2.89 {sic}
full credits from IMDb

Jefferson's  Writings
Jefferson Papers at Library of Congress
University of Virginia Jefferson Archive
Jefferson's Rough Draft of the 'Declaration of Independence'
'Declaration of Independence' at U.S.N.A.R.A.
online text of 'The Jefferson Bible' [English/Spanish/German]

Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson book   "The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson" [1821]
Kindle Edition from MacMay22 [2/2008] for 99¢ {sic}
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [2008] for 99¢ {sic}
A & D Publng 9x6 pb [5/2009] for $5.95
A & D Publng 9x6 hardcover [5/2009] for $19.99
Library of America   "Thomas Jefferson: Writings" [1984]
Edited by Merrill D. Peterson

Library of America 8¼x5 hardcover [8/84] for $24.32
Inventing America   "Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence" [1994]
by Garry Wills

Mariner pb [11/2002] for $10.50
Buccaneer hardcover [12/94] out of print/used
Declaration of Independence   "Jefferson's Declaration of Independence: Origins, Philosophy & Theology" [1998] by Allen Jayne
Univ Press of KY 9x6 pb [12/2000] for $18.00
Univ Press of KY 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/98] for $39.95

Monticello  Plantation  in  Virginia

official Monticello website
official Monticello Online Store & Catalog

Monticello  "The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson At Monticello" [1993]
by Susan R. Stein

Harry N. Abrams pb [5/93] out of print/used
Harry N. Abrams hardcover [4/2002] for $45.50

Monticello Store's Gift Collection             plants, seeds & more from Monticello

L i n k s
Chronology of Thomas Jefferson's Life
Thomas Jefferson entry at Wikipedia
browse books at Biographies & Memoirs / Thomas Jefferson Dept. at Amazon
browse 'Jefferson as Architect' at Amazon

GreatBuildings webpage
2000 Jefferson exhibit at Library of Congress
article at Encyclopedia Americana

Thomas Jefferson Quotes Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

here on the Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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