Friday, April 13, 2012

Thomas Jefferson Survives

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. 
Enable them to see that it is in their interest to preserve peace and order,
and they will preserve them...they are the only sure reliance for the
preservation of our liberty.  ~ Thomas Jefferson

Two hundred and sixty nine years ago today, Thomas Jefferson was born. This photo of John Trumbull's original painting above includes some of my favorite people. 

Ben Franklin gifted us our public libraries. John Adams gifted us "a government  of laws, not men." And Jefferson wrote the words that gave us the Declaration  of Independence. 

I feel compelled to teach our children history, and the library perfectly partners with me in that endeavor.

Some Of Our Family Favorites:
Worst of Friends

Imagine these two - a revolutionary odd couple. Disagreements over politics kept them from speaking for years, but a dear mutual friend, Benjamin Rush, brought John and Tom back together. They devotedly corresponded by pen for fourteen years (and they were still fighting! Jefferson would write in Greek; John preferred Latin). 

Those Rebels, John & Tom

Did you know John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4th, 1826? 
The 50th Birthday Anniversary of our Nation. 
John Adams' last words were, "Thomas Jefferson Survives."

John, Paul, George & Ben

Need courage?

 Battlefields & Blessings, The Revolutionary War

This devotional is the reason I became obsessed with American History. 
One of my favorite books to give as a gift.

It lead us to this miniseries and author. 

John Adams 

Smoochie David McCullough, you make history more palatable than chocolate.  
Jefferson (in this movie) is more dreamy than you can imagine.

Learn more about David here.
McCullough's books should be mandatory in High School.

But then again, that is what the library is for. It's a revolutionary concept in liberty.

Thomas Jefferson survives. 

xoxo Michele


sheila said...

Sorry it's been so long since I visited you. What an awesome post. BRAVO! love it. Thanks for all the good recommendations. My oldest son loves history, so these are all up his alley. book marking this post for him.

Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town said...

Oh, we LOVED the John Adams mini-series!