Thomas Jefferson was an elusive man, difficult to understand with many contradictions and complexities. He wrote little about his parents, but it seems he loved and admired his father, Peter Jefferson, who died when Jefferson was just a child. Yet for the rest of his life Thomas always tried to be what his father wanted him to be. It appears that Thomas was not very close or loving to his mother although he lived with her until he was 27 years old.
[...] After this great triumphal work, Jefferson took on the war governorship of Virginia, which turned out to be the low point of his career. The state was wracked by inflation and Jefferson knew little about war strategy. During Jefferson's “retirement” he wrote the book Notes on the State of Virginia. In this work Jefferson's ideas that the agrarian life is one's highest calling is acclaimed. But his ideas about African Americans have gained him much criticism in the present day. [...]
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