Thomas Jefferson was a student of the Enlightenment, of human nature and of honorable behavior. He applied this to his personal life and to the national & global challenges he faced during the forming of the United States.
Clay Jenkinson, the nationally-acclaimed humanities scholar and award-winning first-person interpreter of Thomas Jefferson, portrays Jefferson on the program. Clay addresses listener questions with answers grounded in the writings and actions of Jefferson.
Our mission is to generate discourse between friends and family members which will grow into a national discourse about the topics essential to our country and citizens.
Praise for Becoming Jefferson's People:
"The best of the American spirit comes from Thomas Jefferson. Clay Jenkinson has provided a truly welcome invitation for the American people to return to their best selves."
— Deepak Chopra, author of Books of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life
"Jenkinson rediscovers the vital and robust Jefferson and restores our trust in boldness, optimism and self-reliance."
— Landon Y. Jones, author of William Clark and the Shaping of the West and former editor of People magazine
"Becoming Jefferson’s People is a clarion call for those who wish to take back their country and restore the promise offered by the American Revolution."
— John Ferling, author of Adams vs Jefferson and A Leap in the Dark
"Jenkinson invites his readers to think in “the Jefferson way” about everything from good books and precious friends to fine wines and the duties of citizenship. This is a Jeffersonian profession of faith sure to attract a wide audience and spark sharp debate."
— James P. Ronda, Barnard Professor of Western American Literature, The University of Tulsa
Thomas Jefferson was the principal dreamer of the Founding Fathers. Pragmatic Utopian and practical visionary, Jefferson was one of the most creative men who ever lived. He penned the thirty-five most revolutionary words in the history of the English language: “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.” Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson has written a bold call for a Jeffersonian renewal in America. “We need the Sage of Monticello’s vision as we begin what is going to be one of the most difficult periods of American history.” The Jeffersonian consists of self-reliance, an uncompromising dedication to liberty (over security, profit, comfort, and tradition), an unambiguous wall of separation between church and state, first-rate public education, thoughtfulness and diffidence about America’s place in the world, and a commitment to civility. Jefferson brought genius (not to mention reason, good sense, and idealism) to whatever he undertook, and he believed that the purpose of America was not to seek glory and profit in the world’s arena, but to build a nation of equality, justice, and cultural achievement. Becoming Jefferson’s People is part manifesto, part call for a new political persuasion in the United States, part self-help book, and part critique of the consumerist world empire that the United States has become at the beginning of the twenty-first century.