Thomas Jefferson's Presidency

From the Series Presidential Powerhouses

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, was a man of contradictions. Jefferson penned the most stirring claim of the Declaration of Independence: “all men are created equal.” Yet during his lifetime, Jefferson owned hundreds of enslaved African Americans.

An adamant believer in limited government, Jefferson nevertheless acted without constitutional power to buy land from France—the Louisiana Purchase—that doubled the size of the United States. Jefferson died on the Fourth of July, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Despite his contradictions, Jefferson’s words continue to express the noble ideals of Americans—freedom from tyranny and equality for all.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN006080, YAN025170, YAN038100
Dewey 973.4'6092
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1170
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, and Timeline

Author: Emily Rose Oachs

Emily Rose Oachs graduated with a degree in communication studies. She now works as a freelance writer and editor and has authored more than thirty nonfiction books for children and young adults. She lives in Los Angeles.


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