03 – Thomas Jefferson

The intro and outro music for the first four Thomas Jefferson episodes is from “Yankee Doodle Variations” as performed by Carrie Rehkopf. The full recording can be found at Wikipedia. Subsequent episodes feature selections from “Jefferson and Liberty” as performed by The Itinerant Band. Check out their website for information on upcoming appearances and to purchase CDs or digital downloads of their music.

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3.01 – Jefferson Pre-Presidency Part One

From his birth in Albemarle County, VA, Thomas Jefferson’s personality and public career began to take shape through his education at William and Mary, and his introduction to the world of politics in colonial Virginia. Along the way, he would be influenced by family members and mentors and would in turn start to impact his own young family, his neighbors, those individuals he enslaved, and the course of events in British North America.

1612-1774

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3.02 – Jefferson Pre-Presidency Part Two

Between the publication of “Summary View of the Rights of British America” and his assuming the presidency, Jefferson made a name for himself by drafting the Declaration of Independence, struggled to see his home state of Virginia through the Revolution as governor, experienced a devastating personal loss, and served the new nation at home and abroad. Though his rise in national prominence as the leader of the opposition would ultimately lead to him becoming the third President, not only his public record but also various facets of Jefferson’s personal life would pose challenges for the new administration before it even began.

1774-1801

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3.03 – The Revolution of 1800

As Jefferson assumed office and Democratic-Republicans took control of the federal government in March 1801, new leaders emerged while others exited the stage or moved to the periphery. The new administration would get its start still dealing with the aftermath of the recent contentious election, and the new President had to weigh, with his words and his first decisions, how to balance his obligations to his party and the best interests of the nation.

1800-1801

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3.04 – A Deadly Revenge

Literally and figuratively, the new President worked to get his house in order following his inauguration. With a limited number of positions available and plans to shrink the size of the federal government even further, Jefferson set ground rules for his new administration to determine whether to retain Federalist office holders or oust them in favor of Democratic-Republicans. Despite a nod towards non-partisanship, Jefferson’s decisions were criticized by members of both parties.

1801

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3.05 – Affairs, Foreign and Domestic

The beginning of Jefferson’s administration coincided with changes in other parts of the world including France, Great Britain, Spain, and Saint-Domingue that would ultimately come to impact the United States. Meanwhile, as Jefferson continued to assemble his Cabinet, he and his administration also had to deal with a new round of negotiation with Napoléon’s government and appeasing an irate office seeker who threatened to expose the President to public scandal.

1799-1801

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3.06 – To Limited Arms

Jefferson managed to get a permanent Secretary of the Navy just in time for Commodore Dale’s naval squadron to engage in combat in the Mediterranean. In addition to that key post being filled, the administration was able to make some additional structural decisions during the final months of 1801 in time for the new congressional session in December. Meanwhile, a new opposition was organized by a key Federalist leader to ensure that Jefferson’s first annual message would not go unquestioned.

1795-1801

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3.07 – The Door to the West

To be released 17 Nov 2019

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3.08 – TBD

To be released 1 Dec 2019

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3.09 – TBD

To be released 15 Dec 2019

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3.10 – TBD

To be released 29 Dec 2019

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3.11 – TBD

To be released 12 Jan 2020

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3.12 – TBD

To be released 26 Jan 2020

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3.13 – TBD

To be released 9 Feb 2020

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3.14 – TBD

To be released 23 Feb 2020

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3.15 – TBD

To be released 8 Mar 2020

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3.16 – TBD

To be released 22 Mar 2020

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3.17 – TBD

To be released 4 Apr 2020

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3.18 – TBD

To be released 19 Apr 2020

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3.19 – TBD

To be released 3 May 2020

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3.20 – TBD

To be released 17 May 2020

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3.21 – TBD

To be released 31 May 2020

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3.22 – TBD

To be released 14 Jun 2020

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3.23 – TBD

To be released 28 Jun 2020

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3.24 – TBD

To be released 12 Jul 2020

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3.25 – Jefferson Post-Presidency

To be released 26 Jul 2020

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3.26 – Jefferson Q&A

To be released Q3 2020

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Some other sources for learning about our third president available online include:

Featured Image: Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale [1800] courtesy of Wikimedia

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