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Part A: The Convictions of Thomas Jefferson DBQ

To what extent did Jefferson live up to his ideals and beliefs?


Document I: Reporter’s account of Jefferson’s Inauguration


  1. Both president Washington and Adams had arrived at the swearing in ceremony by carriage. How did Jefferson arrive to his swearing in? He arrived by____________ to the ceremony




  1. Why didn’t Jefferson wear a powdered wig to the inaugural ball? In other words, how did he wish to be viewed by the American people? He wanted to be viewed as a _____________________________

3. Core Beliefs: Does this document provide an example of Jefferson upholding his beliefs or betraying them? Explain why (2-3 sentences)



Document 2: Letter from Jefferson on Slaves


  1. According to Jefferson, black people are brought up from infancy without a need for _____________.




  1. Because slaves are raised this way, Jefferson argued that they became as incapable as children of __________ __________ _____ ___________________.




  1. According to Jefferson, when [black] people are [without work] they become ________ in society.




  1. What did Jefferson believe would happen in black and white people “combined” or mixed?



  1. Core Beliefs: Does this document provide an example of Jefferson upholding his beliefs or betraying them? Explain why (2-3 sentences)

Document 3: Jefferson’s Proposal for a Bill


  1. Jefferson proposes to have an elementary school built within _______ miles of every household.




  1. If a child is a genius, but his parents are too poor to pay for education, how does Jefferson propose to pay for the child’s education? _____________________________________________________




  1. The purpose of Jefferson’s bill, “is to bring into action that mass of talents which lies buried in poverty.” What does this mean?



  1. Core Beliefs: Does this document provide an example of Jefferson upholding his beliefs or betraying them? Explain why (2-3 sentences)

Document 4: Slaves on Jefferson’s Plantation


  1. How many slaves did Jefferson own? ______________________




  1. Legally Jefferson’s slaves were viewed as his property. That meant he could _________ and _________ them, and he if they didn’t obey he could ___________________________ them.




  1. Core Beliefs: Does this document provide an example of Jefferson upholding his beliefs or betraying them? Explain why (2-3 sentences)

Document 5: Memoirs of Madison Hemings [1873]

  1. What happened when Jefferson brought Sally Hemings with him to France? Sally Hemings became Jefferson’s ____________, and she became _______________ by him.




  1. Why did Sally Hemings object to leaving France and returning to the United States? In France, Sally was ____________, but if she returned to Virginia she would be _________________




  1. What did Jefferson promise Sally Hemings to convince her to return to Virginia? Did he keep his promise?




  1. Core Beliefs: Does this document provide an example of Jefferson upholding his beliefs or betraying them? Explain why (2-3 sentences)

Document 6: Louisiana Purchase

  1. Why did Jefferson struggle over how to handle the Louisiana Purchase? Because the purchase of land from foreign powers is never mentioned in the ___________________________.




  1. Who convinced Thomas Jefferson to purchase the territory? _________________________




  1. How did the Louisiana Purchase affect the United States? The U.S. was ____________ in size.




  1. Core Beliefs: Does this document provide an example of Jefferson upholding his beliefs or betraying them? Explain why (2-3 sentences)



Document 7: Historian’s Account of Jefferson’s Presidency

  1. What were some ways that Jefferson attempted to cut costs and shrink government?

    1. He reduced the size of the _______________

    2. He stopped the expansion of the _______________

    3. He cut back on Hamilton’s economic programs by eliminating internal ________ and limiting the National __________ of the United States.




  1. Core Beliefs: Does this document provide an example of Jefferson upholding his beliefs or betraying them? Explain why (2-3 sentences)


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