Thomas Jefferson: American Revolution, Independence & Controversy w/ Thomas Kidd | BRI Scholar Talks
What core contributions did the various Founders make to liberty and constitutional self-governance? BRI’s new “American Founders” Scholar Talk Series seeks to answer this question. In this first episode, Dr. Thomas S. Kidd, Senior Research Scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion and Research Professor of Church History at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary joins BRI Fellow Tony Williams to discuss his book, “Thomas Jefferson: A Biography of Spirit and Flesh.” They discuss the contributions and complexities of one of America’s most significant Founders, including Jefferson’s religious views, political beliefs, and the problem of slavery in the American constitutional order.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
In this lesson, students will study the life of Thomas Jefferson. Students will learn about his efforts to protect individual rights and human liberty, his views on the Founding, and the contradictions between his words and his actions.
We Hold These Truths: Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence, and Identity
In this lesson, students will learn about Thomas Jefferson and the writing of the Declaration of Independence in order to understand their identity.
Benjamin Banneker’s Letter to Thomas Jefferson & ‘UnSeen’ Portraiture | A Primary Source Close Read
Even the most influential and prestigious among us aren’t without their faults, and Thomas Jefferson was no exception. In this Primary Close Read video, Kirk Higgins, Mary Patterson, and Elizabeth Evans compare Benjamin Banneker's letter to Thomas Jefferson and Titus Kaphar's interpretation of Thomas Jefferson's legacy in his painting "Behind the Myth of Benevolence." Why are these pieces important to our understanding of Jefferson? What do they tell us about the present moment in American history?