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Thomas Jefferson
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     challenging words:    rebirth, literature, statesman, response, writing, europe, lifetime, value, accomplishment, death, participate, loser, speaker, entire, declare, member
     content words:    Thomas Jefferson, Renaissance Man, Mary College, New World, Patrick Henry, Stamp Act, King George III, Payton Randolph, Continental Congress, James Madison


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Thomas Jefferson
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Europe experienced a new way of thinking in the fifteenth century. This was called the Renaissance. Renaissance is a French word that means a rebirth or time of starting again. Europeans became more interested in art and literature. They saw more value in educating themselves. It was a rebirth of thoughts and ideas.
 
2     Thomas Jefferson was sometimes called a Renaissance Man in early America. He could speak five different languages and was able to read two others. He wrote thousands of letters during his lifetime. He was a lawyer, an author, a musician, an inventor, and a scientist. He studied farming and was an expert on growing all kinds of plants. Most people, however, think of him as a statesman in the early growth of America.
 
3     Thomas Jefferson was born in the spring of 1743 in Virginia. He started his study of Greek, Latin, and French languages when he was only nine. He began his studies at William and Mary College when he was sixteen. As a student at the college in Williamsburg, he was able to see for himself the changes that were being debated in the New World. He was present at the House of Burgesses the day Patrick Henry made his famous "Give me liberty, or give me death" speech. This speech was given in response to the Stamp Act imposed by King George III. The colonists were tired of paying taxes to the king. It was here that Thomas Jefferson's desire for freedom began.

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