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How has our view of Thomas Jefferson changed over time?

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Civics +4 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Thomas Jefferson is remembered for his contributions to the ideals of natural rights and democratic principles.  Yet, as a slave owner,  Jefferson personally lived in contradiction of those  principles. In this Learning Lab you'll explore how Thomas Jefferson is viewed at different times in history through portraiture. Using evidence from his portraits you'll answer the question, "How has our view of Thomas Jefferson changed over time."

Thomas Jefferson

National Portrait Gallery

President Jefferson

Rembrant Peale