Thomas Jefferson: The Man Behind the Myths
In the past few decades, historians have obscured the true character and thought of Thomas Jefferson. On April 11, 2015, the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society presented a forum at the University of Virginia's Jefferson Scholars Foundation to address the current misconceptions and misunderstandings concerning the historical Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson was a man of profound dimensionality. Some of the pursuits of his unusual mind include politics, philosophy, architecture, meteorology, agriculture, paleontology, religion, and biology. Nonetheless, he is generally known to the public today only as the writer of the Declaration of Independence and an owner of slaves.
Go to TJheritage.org and click on the submenu Events & Videos, and then click on Thomas Jefferson: The Man Behind the Myths to review the biography of the speakers and the thesis of their presentations. Then, access the videos from the TJHS webpage by clicking on the Vimeo icon.
You also access the video presentations on the TJHS Vimeo
Mark Beliles DOUBTING THOMAS? THE DISTORTED RELIGIOUS LEGACY OF THOMAS JEFFERSON
J. David Gowdy THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE PURSUIT OF VIRTUE
Richard Guy Wilson THOMAS JEFFERSON ARCHITECT: MYTH AND REALITY M.
Andrew Holowchak AN 'HONEST HEART' V. A 'KNOWING HEAD': THE MYTH OF THE PREEMINENCE OF RATIONALITY IN JEFFERSON'S CONCEPTIONS OF MAN AND SOCIETY
Brian Steele THOMAS JEFFERSON'S EMBODIED MIND: BODILY DECAY, A MATERIAL GOD, AND HUMAN IMMORTALITY
James Thompson THOMAS JEFFERSON TODAY AND THOMAS JEFFERSON TOMORROW V
ideos from the two prior conferences are also available: “The Character and Legacy of Thomas Jefferson and its Meaning for Americans Today,” and, “Cracking the Fable: The Truth Behind Jefferson and Hemings.”