Thomas Jefferson

TitleThomas Jefferson
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsBurns, Ken
Edition2 episodes
Running TimeEach episode a 1h 30m
DistributorAmerican Lives Film Project
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

This two-part documentary by focuses on Ken Burns on Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826). The American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and so-called Founding Father of the United States, served as the third president from 1801 to 1809. Before he had served as the second vice president from 1797 to 1801. Between 1784 and 1789 he stayed as a representative of the newly founded U.S. in France. Returning from there, Jefferson strived to preserve the fragile new U.S. government and helped to create the first political party. The Louisiana Purchase with France in 1800, which he negotiated, doubled the size of the United States, but he faced controversy. His last years he spent helping to found the University of Virginia.

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