Thomas Jefferson On Politics and Government

Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government

    Over 2,700 excerpts from Jefferson’s writings arranged under 56 subjects provide a complete outline of Jefferson’s political philosophy and explain the founding principles of American self-government.

The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

Extracted Textually from the Gospels

    Jefferson’s compilation of the moral philosophy of Jesus.

Rayner’s Life of Thomas Jefferson

    A completely revised and corrected edition of B. L. Rayner’s biography, published originally in 1834, that emphasizes the role of republican principles in Jefferson’s life and thought. It contains many excerpts from Jefferson’s writings, as well as anecdotes taken from the writings of those who knew Jefferson.

Favorite Jefferson Quotes

    A collection of about 350 of the most popular quotations selected from the much larger collection at

Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government.

    The quotes in this collection are especially useful for writing and speaking, and visitors are encouraged to download them for their own use. The quotes are contained in six easily downloaded files.

Jefferson on Freedom of Religion

    A complete copy of Jefferson’s Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom in the State of Virginia, with a comparison to the Act as passed by the Virginia Legislature.

The Jeffersonian Perspective

    Commentary on today’s social and political issues based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson. 50+ essays that critique national policies from the perspective of this nation’s founding principles.

Objectivism and Thomas Jefferson

    Seven essays on the philosophy of Ayn Rand that examine in detail the fundamental differences between Rand’s philosophy and the political philosophy of Jefferson and the Founding Fathers.

Conversations on Morality and the Jefferson Bible

    An open forum for discussions on the history of conscience and ethics with especial reference to the Jefferson Bible.

WorldCity Essays

    Essays on capitalism and world finance that include a Jeffersonian viewpoint.

Jefferson FAQ

    Hundreds of questions sent in by visitors to the above websites, with answers by the editor.

Conversations on Thomas Jefferson and Jeffersonian Politics

    An open forum for discussions on topics related to Thomas Jefferson including, but not limited to, the Sally Hemings controversy.

Benjamin Franklin Quote

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” – Ben Franklin