Homework help? Thomas Jefferson?


I have to make a wanted poster for History about Thomas Jefferson. It doesn't necessarily mean that he committed a crime, but means like, what he did that other people might not be so happy about.

The teacher gave an example that we cannot use: Thomas Jefferson is wanted by the King of England for blaspheming England and writing a Declaration that is against England.

yeah, so that was an example. I don't think I stated the exact words but its something like that. So what "crime" did Thomas Jefferson do and who would want to take him as captive.

Please state an appropriate amount as a reward. Thank you.

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  • 7 years ago
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    He didn't do any crime, unless you consider authoring the U.S. Constitution a crime, and I certainly do not. Jefferson was an Atheist as were most of our founding fathers (the intelligent ones anyways). Here are some of his most famous quotations though;

    "Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.” -- Thomas Jefferson, to the Virginia Baptists (1808) ME 16:320. This is his second kown use of the term “wall of separation,” here quoting his own use in the Danbury Baptist letter. This wording of the original was several times upheld by the Supreme Court as an accurate description of the Establishment Clause: Reynolds (98 US at 164, 1879); Everson (330 US at 59, 1947); McCollum (333 US at 232, 1948)

    “ Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.“ – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781-82

    ”I know it will give great offense to the clergy, but the advocate of religious freedom is to expect neither peace nor forgiveness from them.“– Thomas Jefferson, to Levi Lincoln, 1802. ME 10:305

    “I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, 1799

    "Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear."

    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

    "I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshipped by many who think themselves Christians."

    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard Price, Jan. 8, 1789

    “The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.”

    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814

    "In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own."

    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Horatio G. Spafford, March 17, 1814

    “Priests...dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live.”

    -Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Correa de Serra, April 11, 1820

    "Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind."

    -Thomas Jefferson to James Smith, 1822.

    "And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors."

    -Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823

    “The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting the establishment of religion. To respect that, I voted Secular.” – Thomas Jefferson.

  • 7 years ago


    he could be arrested for winning against John Adams bounty could be $40

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