(Liberty) Bell Work
Can you organize some of this information into paragraphs?
On the Menu
Thomas Jefferson is responsible for making certain foods popular in America. In addition to champagne, French Fries, Parmesan Cheese, Jefferson brought these other great foods back from his high-browed stays in Europe.
Ice Cream - really! What do you know about ice cream science? With a little time, we might make some in class. Be ready to list the process for making ice cream in sequential order.
Macaroni - We simply must use macaroni to punctuate some sentences in Jefferson's dining room. Pay attention to those commas!
Speaking of Cheese
Sometimes the little details make history more personal to us. We know a lot about the big events of America's founding, but here's a situation that might have been a challenge that President never expected: When the "Big Cheese" Came to the White House.
Thomas Jefferson played the violin. Draw a picture to show the scene that comes to mind as you listen to this music. Be ready to write a story to go along with your picture and share it with the class.
A Way with Words
Mr. Jefferson has been described as an introvert. It has also been said he was pompous and arrogant. Often introverted people are misunderstood; they are quiet and observant, but that does not mean they are stuck up.
Regardless, Thomas Jefferson was also considered to be cultured and refined. He was well-traveled and well-read. Maybe this was why Jefferson was tapped to write the "break-up letter" to King George III; he had a way with words. Anybody who quickly browses our Declaration of Independence sees his wit and wisdom. We will break down the Declaration in the near future, but here's a bit to get you started:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Jefferson's "Little Mountain"
You can appreciate a person more by visiting his house and seeing how he lived. That is definitely the truth when it comes to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson called his estate Monticello, which means "Little Mountain". We'll explore Monticello more in the near future, but here's a short video to whet your appetite.
All Men Are Created Equal
What was that, Tom? All men are created equal?
Yes, those are the words Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence. But did he "practice what he preached"? At least three times, Mr. Jefferson attempted to include the dissolution of slavery into his Declaration, only to be shot down. Still, amazingly, he owned slaves to work his plantation at Monticello.
Let's consider this conflict in Jefferson's story as we move forward. It is indeed a complicated and fascinating part of America's history. Are there times when a person believes one thing, but does another?