Revered as the author of the Declaration of Independence, yet condemned as a lifelong owner of slaves, Thomas Jefferson remains the enigma that is America. By the end of his life, he had advanced the cause of freedom everywhere.
Jefferson's early life is detailed from his time at William & Mary, the building of Monticello, to his marriage and children. While he was laying the foundations of a new government, his work was interrupted by a series of personal losses.
2. Liberty: The Age of Experiments/The Pursuit of Happiness
February 18, 1997
1 h 27 min
As president, Jefferson was responsible for doubling the size of the country with the Louisiana Purchase. His battles with the Federalist movement; his relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings; and his Monticello retirement are explored.
I heard a lot of different stories about Thomas Jefferson. I wanted to finally see and hear the truth about him. Once I took the time to watch this documentary, I came to my own conclusion about this man. I have a much deeper respect for him. I would advise people to look at this documentary with an open mind, if possible and then maybe you will feel the same about him as I do.