The Thomas Jefferson Presidency

Based on the clues, guess these facts about Thomas Jefferson and his presidency.
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Last updated: November 8, 2016
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Home state
Virginia
Document he authored in 1776
Declaration
of Independence
This doubled the size of the USA
Louisiana Purchase
The Corps of Discovery was
led by these two explorers
Meriwether Lewis
William Clark
His political party
Democratic-Republican
Rival political party
Federalist
His first Vice President
Aaron Burr
His Secretary of State
James Madison
An 1807 act prohibited the
importation of ...
Slaves
America's first foreign war
First Barbary War
Slave who was likely his mistress
Sally Hemmings
Name of his family plantation
Monticello
Shawnee Indian
who opposed assimilation
Tecumseh
His alma mater
William and Mary
Date of his death
July 4, 1826
Other Political Positions Held
1797-1801
Vice President
1790-1793
Secretary of State
1785-1789
US Minister to France
1779-1781
Governor of Virginia
1775-1776
Delegate to the Second
Continental Congress
 
 
Fill the blanks in these quotes
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants
Question with boldness even
the existence of a god
We hold these truths to be self-evident;
that all men are created equal;
that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty, and
the pursuit of happiness.
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Level 82
Nov 1, 2016
Date of his death was one I didn't know before, but didn't take too many stupid guesses before I realised the answer. Nice to include it.
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Level 80
Nov 1, 2016
50 years to the day after the signing of the declaration of independence. Same day John Adams, the only other surviving founding father, bit the dust. Quite an amazing coincidence.
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Level 80
Nov 1, 2016
The two had been in long correspondence with each other, and, though this part of the story is perhaps apocryphal, Adams' last words were allegedly: "Jefferson survives," not knowing that TJ had actually just died a few hours earlier, making Adams the last surviving father of the revolution.
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Level 57
Nov 1, 2016
I honestly thought Hemings only had one M.
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Level 80
Nov 1, 2016
I saw it spelled both ways so I accepted both as type-ins.
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Level 59
Nov 5, 2016
What was the relationship of Tecumseh again to Jefferson?
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Level 80
Nov 5, 2016
Many of the acts of the resistance and various battles Tecumseh engaged in were during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, though the war that bears his name happened during Madison's term, and the president most famously associated with that war was William Henry Harrison who fought against the Shawnee.
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Level 53
Nov 5, 2016
The 1807 embargo act prohibited all imports, not just slaves, right?
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Level 80
Nov 5, 2016
You are correct.

However, the very uncreatively named Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves, signed into law the same year, had a more narrow focus.

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Level 63
Nov 5, 2016
TYPO/MISTAKE: Jefferson was VP from 1797-1801, not 1791-1801.
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Level 80
Nov 5, 2016
I believe this typo occurred when the quiz was being reformatted to make it prettier. Thanks for catching it.
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Level 53
Nov 5, 2016
great quiz and just finished with his presidency in APUSH so knew alot! but you shoulda included a question about The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom because he personally considered that his biggest accomplishment
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Level 80
Nov 5, 2016
I'm glad you enjoyed the quiz and I also really wanted to include something about the statute. It's carved on his tombstone after all and I know how important it was to him. I just couldn't think of a question pertaining to it that would be easy to phrase, with an obvious and not-too-esoteric answer. But thanks for bringing it up in the comments, anyway.
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Level 80
Nov 5, 2016
I also used to have a question on here about his founding of the University of Virginia, which was unique and significant as it was one of the earliest (perhaps earliest?) universities founded both on purely secular principles (many older universities were attached to the clergy) AND on the basis or a meritocracy, where students would be accepted and advance based on their ability not on their class or social status. I guess QuizMaster removed that question, perhaps deeming it too much of a give-away for the home state question?
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Level 80
Nov 5, 2016
something else that might be worthy of mentioning: Jefferson was an avid collector of books in a time when they were rare and expensive, and a voracious reader. In 1814 the British burned down the White House and also destroyed the original collection of the Library of Congress. Jefferson, who then possessed the largest collection of books in the country, sold his library to Congress for around $30,000. So, the current library of Congress got its start thanks to Jefferson.

I went to visit what was left of the original collection which is on display in Washington. It includes a very rare early translation of the Quran. Another question QM removed was the quotation "I cannot live without books."

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Level 67
Nov 5, 2016
The 1807 act in question threw me as well. And I'm a professor of early American history, so shame on me. All I could come up with was the Embargo Act, so I tried everything from "Foreign goods" to "Contraband," etc. I'm not sure if it's possible to change the question without giving away the answer, but that one is especially tricky. Great quiz!
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Level 79
Nov 6, 2016
A very nice tribute to a great man. Thanks.
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Level 80
Nov 10, 2016
Question for a potential update: On November 8, 2016, how many full spins did he make inside his grave?
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Level 84
Nov 15, 2016
Spinning with joy or with sorrow ??
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Level 80
Nov 15, 2016
Where are you from where they talk about people spinning in their graves with joy?
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Level 57
Nov 30, 2016
Hey Kalbahamut, have you ever been on or tried to get on Jeopardy?
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Level 80
Nov 30, 2016
I looked into it one time and didn't go through with trying. I forget why. But I'm not often in the US anymore so that might have been part of it.
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Level 62
Jul 26, 2017
I was disappointed that "purfuit of happinefs" wasn't accepted. As for Ms. Hemings, it's most likely that the baby daddy was TJ's brother, Randolph. She stopped having babies in 1809, when TJ retired. But "Uncle Randy" got married that year, too, and now had a wife at home.
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Level 80
Jan 27, 2018
love your username
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Level 37
Mar 14, 2018
Another great quiz. Thank you for these! Missed quite a few; Couldn't remember Monticello and could kick myself for forgetting Aaron Burr!
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Level 49
Jan 26, 2020
In his second term, George Clinton was his vice president
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Level 80
Jan 26, 2020
Most people don't realize how much older Bill's brother is or how long the Clintons have been in politics. Another little known fact: the legislative branch used to be Tri-Cameral, with the House, the Senate, and the Parliament Funkadelic.
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Level 66
Apr 9, 2020
^ I didn't understand the joke for several hours when it hit me.
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Level 47
Oct 25, 2020
Sally Hemings was around 14 when she, an enslaved woman, first became pregnant. The word you're looking for to describe her status is emphatically not "mistress."
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Level 80
Oct 26, 2020
Why?
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Level 47
Oct 27, 2020
Because "mistress" connotes a relationship of mutuality (if not respectability). Hemings was a young teenager and a slave; her ability to have agency over her life and body was dramatically and grotesquely limited, by definition. Presumably you've heard this before; it's a common point.
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Level 80
Oct 28, 2020
That common point has only started to have been made recently by people with a particular political axe to grind, projecting their own values and prejudices backward in time. From what little we know about the relationship between Jefferson and Hemings, it seems to have been consensual. 14 year olds are not without agency; imagining them to be helpless children is another recent cultural innovation. And the relationship began in Paris where Hemings was legally a free woman. She could have chosen to not return with him to Monticello. Jefferson freed all of Sally's children, and after his death in 1826 Hemings was allowed to leave and go live with two of her children in Charlottesville. If there's anything grotesque here, IMO, it would be to label as rape what seems to have been a relationship of mutual affection and respect, out of a contemporary and fashionable desire to vilify prominent "white" figures in American history.
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Level 80
Oct 28, 2020
The truth is we don't precisely know what the relationship was between Hemings and Jefferson, but between "mistress" and "rape victim," mistress is obviously the more neutral term. If what you are really concerned with is inappropriate connotations.
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Level 47
Oct 29, 2020
It's true, I'm quite willing to project my own values and prejudices - specifically, my "prejudice" against chattel slavery - on the past. Your inability to acknowledge the basic structural reality of the Heming/Jefferson relationship - she was actually, literally, his movable property - is....odd (though not uncommon, I'm aware). And your assumption that her return to the US with Jefferson is likely a matter of her agency - as opposed to, to just toss out a few possibilities, her age, her pregnancy, Jefferson's reported intention to free her and her children, her desire to be near her family, etc - is revealing. Though, alas, also not uncommon! Presumably we could both admire Jefferson's political philosophy AND call grotesque his participation in the institution of chattel slavery - no, the ostensible "mislabeling" of their relationship is in any case not the most grotesque thing here - but, as the kids say, your mileage may vary.
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Level 80
Oct 29, 2020
Women throughout most of history had little or no agency. Abigail Adams was 15 years old when she met John Adams. Are you going to say she was not John Adams' wife because wife implies mutuality and equal partnership according to our modern sensibilities? And annul their marriage because in 2020 the legal marriage age in Massachusetts is higher than that? No. Of course not. How revealing. And I'm making no assumptions here, you are.