Thomas Jefferson And The Declaration Of Independence

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Thomas Jefferson was one of the main authors of the Declaration of Independence and believed in equality for all individuals. Believing in even rights for slaves, he fought peacefully for the good of his nation. Helping to expand our Naval Artillery, and wagering different options for the good of America. Thomas Jefferson, the third president of America, was one of the most influential men in our history Thomas Jefferson lived in Shadwell, Virginia, and was born on April 13, 1743. One of his most memorable childhood memories, was when he was three, and took a 53 mile hike, with his father’s slaves. The Jeffersons were moving to another plantation, where their father was to manage the land there. His parents, and three siblings, (three…show more content…
Unfortunately, Jefferson’s life was suddenly thrown into a chaotic mess of politics, and revolution. In 1776 Thomas Jefferson was not drafted to fight in the American Revolution. Instead leaders from each colony were elected to the Continental Congress. He was among the few men to be elected, and traveled to Philadelphia to meet with other representatives.
The Congress put Jefferson in charge of writing an important document. The document would declare that Americans did not accept Great Britain 's rule over them. In other words, the writing piece would declare independence for America. Thomas wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, in two weeks. He finally finished writing the final draft. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." These words were the heart of the Declaration of Independence.
The Revolution ended in 1781, and America had won its freedom. Now the people needed to build a new nation. George Washington had been elected president around that time, and in 1782 Martha Jefferson died. Thomas, brokenhearted and damaged by grief, devoted his energy into helping reshape his country. He was named minister to France, and lived there for five years. When returning to Monticello in 1789, George Washington appointed Thomas to become Secretary of State. Being experienced with travelling through foreign countries, he was in charge of the nation 's new relationship between different countries.
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