"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." These words, from the Declaration of Independence, continue to inspire freedom-loving people more than two centuries after a 33-year-old Virginian picked up his quill pen and committed them to parchment. That man, Thomas Jefferson, would later become the third president of the United States; the nation his lucid words played such a key role in helping to create. This book focuses on the formative years of one of the key figures in American history. As the reader will discover, the foundations for Jefferson's many later accomplishments-as an author, inventor, self-taught architect, diplomat, political philosopher, and politician-were laid during his youth in Virginia.
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