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What is Thomas Jefferson's particular vision for the American Revolution?

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Posted March 7, 2012 at 11:42 PM via web

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What is Thomas Jefferson's particular vision for the American Revolution?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 7, 2012 at 11:57 PM (Answer #1)

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Thomas Jefferson's vision of the American Revolution was that it would create a country that was truly egalitarian (with the possible exception of the slaves).  Jefferson did not want an independent United States that would turn into a copy of England with its hierarchies.  He wanted, instead, a country in which all white men would be independent of one another and therefore equal.

In order to achieve this, Jefferson wanted a country full of small farmers.  He did not want factories where men worked for other men.  He felt this made the workers dependent on the employers and made them unfit to participate in a democracy.  Jefferson's vision, then, was a very egalitarian and agrarian one.

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