Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

DVD - 2004
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Combines interviews with historians, historical documents and contemporary footage to relate the life of Thomas Jefferson.
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, CA : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2004
Edition: Standard format
ISBN: 9781415702581
Branch Call Number: 973.46 THO
Characteristics: 1 DVD (ca. 180 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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May 13, 2019

I liked this Biography Documentary Video. It was 180 minutes long. It was comprehensive and informative. Examines the life of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. TJ was good at simple concepts of freedom and democracy and general republican values. But, TJ did not understand economic and military issues very much. Thus, TJ had conflicts with Hamilton who was strong in these areas. When TJ was USA President, he did an embargo against England and France. The embargo prevented exports from leaving the country. The embargo almost made the country bankrupt. The price of products plummeted very low for the USA suppliers who wanted to export such as farmers, the cotton industry. TJ could not adjust to the new industrial age developing in the country. Banking issues were confusing for TJ. TJ shut down the marine military. The military was not available for USA when England and France were pirates on the ocean against the USA merchant ships. England and France were in a war. Innocent USA civilians got caught in the middle of it. Thankfully, TJ did not dismantle all the structure set up by the Federalists that ensure the long term future of the country. TJ claimed to hate slavery but owned up to 200 slaves and never freed them.

Jun 09, 2018

This excellent documentary takes a wide-ranging look at this eccentric Founding Father. Filled with contradictions, Thomas Jefferson's long and multifaceted life gets detailed by a variety of individuals including famous writers Gore Vidal and George Will. While a full picture of the man known as the 'American Spinx' is likely to never be really known, the film remains totally worth watching.

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