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Thomas JeffersonReputation and Legacy$
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Francis Cogliano

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624997

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624997.001.0001

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Jefferson's Epitaph

Jefferson's Epitaph

(p.137) Chapter 5 Jefferson's Epitaph
Thomas Jefferson

Francis D. Cogliano

Edinburgh University Press

One his tombstone Jefferson noted just three achievements-his authorship of the American Declaration of Independence; his authorship of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom; and his role in the founding the University of Virginia. This chapter argues that republicanism, separation of church and state, and education were at the heart of Jefferson's understanding of the meaning of the American Revolution. It traces the way that historians have treated each of these aspects of Jefferson's legacy.

Keywords:   Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, University of Virginia

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