The Legacy Of Reverend Thomas Jefferson And Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The beauty of history is found in the lives of those who have lived it. History is the account of lives that have been lived, events that have been recorded, and how those lives and events have changed the course of the world to bring it to where it is today. Millions have lived and died unremembered, but yet millions are remembered today for the life they lived. These millions are the one who make a difference in the world. Among these individuals who have impacted the creation of today are Thomas Jefferson and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Born on April 13, 1743, to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph, Jefferson was born at a significant tobacco plantation named Shadwell in Virginia that was owned by his father. Although he was uneducated, Peter Jefferson had grown his own fortune through intelligence and hard work, and he wanted to provide his son the best classical education possible. When Thomas was fourteen years old, his father fell ill and died, and Thomas Jefferson began his education under a man named Reverend
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As one of the founders of the United States of America, his legacy is found in several different areas woven throughout the nation’s history. He is remembered for his position on slavery, education, human rights, governmental roles, and foreign relations. Known as the “expression of the American mind” the Declaration of Independence was possibly Jefferson’s greatest contribution to society. This document was written as an appeal for the rest of the world to see America’s reasons for declaring herself independent from Britain and set the basis of America’s self-government in the future. Advocating abolition of slavery, Jefferson believed in the equality of man and individual liberty. Although Jefferson viewed slavery as a “moral evil” , its prevalence in society could not be easily done away with. His hope was that one day, the American people would see slavery for the evil that it

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