We conclude our Jefferson 101 biographical series by discussing his final days at Monticello, his legacy, and the deaths of both Jefferson and John Adams on July 4th, 1826 — the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
- Library of Congress: "A death-bed Adieu. Th:J to MR."
- University of Michigan, Abraham Lincoln to Henry L. Pierce and Others: "But soberly, it is now no child's play to save the principles of Jefferson from total overthrow in this nation."
- Founders Online: From Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 17 February 1826
- Library of Congress: From Thomas Jefferson to Roger Weightman, 24 June 1826
- Internet Archive: The Life of Thomas Jefferson by Henry Stephens Randall (1865)
The whole purpose of America is to build a civilization where the greatest number of individuals can thrive—or at least have a dignified sufficiency—with the least possible government intrusion. That’s Thomas Jefferson. How can we maximize liberty and yet insist upon some meaningful principle of equality? How can we make sure that America doesn’t just serve the privileged, but everyone who is willing to work hard and play by the rules?
Read this week's Jefferson Watch essay, "An End to Jefferson 101."