Skip to Content
HomeAbout this siteHelpSearch this site The Library of Congress
America's Story from America's LibraryMeet Amazing AmericansJump Back in TimeExplore the StatesJoin America at PlaySee, Hear and Sing
Meet Amazing Americans U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) to Roger C. Weightman (1786-1876).
A letter Jefferson wrote 10 days before he died about the benefits of self-government

Enlarge this image
The Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson contributed greatly to the development of the United States, but the single most important item was the Declaration of Independence. His belief that each generation has the chance to remake the country's laws and constitutions was truly visionary. As you can see from this letter, written 10 days before he died, even at the end of his life, Jefferson believed in the blessings of self-government and an ever-changing society in which the people through their elected representatives continue to make new laws. Can you think of some laws that have been made recently?
Back page 4 of 4 More Stories

Library Of Congress | Legal Notices | Privacy | Site Map | Contact Us