Thomas Jefferson

Season 1
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.
Ossie Davis
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  1. 1. Life/Liberty: Our Sacred Honor
    February 17, 1997
    1 h 26 min
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    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. 2. Liberty: The Age of Experiments/The Pursuit of Happiness
    February 18, 1997
    1 h 27 min
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    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.

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jim ballentineReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2020
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weak documentary...old SD product
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looking for Thomas Jefferson Mini Series by PBS = opened movie then shut it down once it was talking dialog of pictures.
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KristineReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021
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maintstay of liberty
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everyone needs to know how and what a Constitutional Republic is!
PackDaddy51Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2021
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Candid and Thorough Overview
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Candid, balanced overview of Jefferson's life... the good and the ugly. Great historical perspective.
GinaHReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2021
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Great value.
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Excellent viewing. Quality program.
J ShaughnessyReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2021
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Best documentary
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Wonderful; makes you want more
Vernon B. KearseReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2021
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Sharon E. StarkReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2021
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Loved this series!
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A great documentary on Thomas Jefferson. I learned so much!
LavenderLady 62Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Let the truth be told!
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.
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