HIS 350L • Thomas Jefferson & His World - W
This course will focus attention upon the life and times of Thomas Jefferson through an examination of his own writings, and through a selection of the vast amount of work that has been done on him as an historical subject. The primary dynamic will be on the co-existence of the public Jefferson - author of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Virginia, Secretary of State under Washington, and third President, and the private Jefferson, master of Monticello, and owner of nearly three hundred people.
Students will read Jefferson's letters, speeches, and other writings, as well as the Monticello plantation records, architecture, and plans. We will also examine how jefferson has been portrayed in American history and popular culture in the 175 years since his death. Students will be asked to write several short papers based upon their research and reading into these materials. These essays will be submitted in draft form and then revised and resubmitted. Grading Policy Grade will be based on 3 papers (75%) and attendance/participation (25%).