Thomas Jefferson

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The title of the book that I read is Thomas Jefferson by Norman K. Risjord. This book was published in 1994.

The biography I read was Thomas Jefferson and it was very enlightening and informative. The story began in Shadwell, Virginia where Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743 and raised until he was approximately 18. Thomas Jefferson’s parents were well off, but his father died when Thomas was 14. When Jefferson was 17 years old, he got permission to attend the College of William and Mary. Thomas Jefferson did many things in his long life. Jefferson created the many different reforms. Jefferson spent a lot of his time at his home in Monticello with his wife and kids. Jefferson had books compiled on his notes of his home and its surroundings also. Jefferson was also part of congress and a diplomatic minister to France. Jefferson also compiled many things such as the ordinance of government for the Northwest Territory and the Declaration of Independence. After Thomas Jefferson had accomplished all this and seen so many things he was our president.
There were many people who were significant in Thomas Jefferson’s life throughout the book. Here were a few people that were important people to Thomas Jefferson. Dr. William Small, Richard Henry Lee, John and Abigail Adams, Paul Rapin, George Washington, Patrick Henry, Alexander Hamilton, Count Buffon, James Madison, and John Fenno. These were some of the main characters throughout the story. There were also many teachers, authors, family and friends that were characters in the book. Some thought that Sally Hemmings was a main character in the book, but she was only mentioned on three brief occasions.
The focus of this book is to educate the reader or readers on the hardships and adversity of Thomas Jefferson’s life. It showed the many accomplishments that Jefferson had throughout his life. Norman K. Risjord described the outcome of the book in a very positive way. It seems almost that Norman K. Risjord admired and looked up to Thomas Jefferson and his life. Portraying the book in a positive way is only way one can describe things such as free, self-governed country, and a unified nation.
I believe that Norman Risjord’s intent for having written this book was to "acquaint the general reader with the man and his times." I think that Norman Risjord wanted us to know how Jefferson’s genius ideas, many r...

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...hese reforms such as religion, criminal, education and slavery. (page 35-38) These reforms shaped the country into what it is today. Jefferson was also a very key player in the Louisiana Purchase and expanding the size of the country by two times. (page 147) Jefferson was also a substantial leader in the American Revolution. (page 26-47) Thomas Jefferson had huge confidence in himself and knew that America was destined for great things and that he had to do his part in helping the country to become a great nation.
My perception has changed substantially since I began reading Thomas Jefferson. When I started the book all I knew was that Thomas Jefferson had been a former president and that he had wrote the Declaration of Independence. After having read this book, I now have more insight into Thomas Jefferson and the American history. Thomas Jefferson made many mistakes during his lifetime and could have quit at any moment, but he never gave up. I admire most the fact that Jefferson stood fast and true to his beliefs even when it would have been more favorable for him to agree with the masses. Thomas Jefferson was a genius and a hero to the country.
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