“The Trials and Tribulations of Thomas Jefferson”

Read the chapter entitled “The Trials and Tribulations of
Thomas Jefferson” in Revolutionary Characters by Gordon Wood. According to Wood
what are the contradictions of Jefferson’s character? According to the chapter what are
some of the strengths and weaknesses of Jefferson’s character and/or leadership? Do
you agree or not? Why or why not? Read the first chapter entitled “The Greatness of
George Washington.” Wood argues that perhaps Washington should be considered the
greatest president in American history. What evidence does he give in this chapter to
support this assertion? Do you agree or disagree? Why of why not? Read the
introduction of Revolutionary Characters. In the last paragraph Wood explains why we
can “never replicate the extraordinary generation of the founders.” What does he mean
by his answer? Do you agree? Why or why not?

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