Thomas jefferson

 
 

FOOTNOTES FROM THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOLS) & ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE

1 Born in Virginia; third president of the US; wrote the Declaration of Independence which stated that people have certain rights; leader who helped develop the country (3.11)

2  Provided political leadership by expressing the reasons for colonial independence from England in the Declaration of Independence (VS.5b)

3  The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, written by Thomas Jefferson, states that all people should be free to worship as they please.  This document was the basis for the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the amendment that protects religious freedom. (VS.6)

 

Writer of the declaration of independence

Thomas Jefferson was born in Virginia when England still ruled our country. 1  He wrote the Declaration of Independence to tell England the reasons why our country should be independent. 2  He also wrote the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom which states that people should be free to express their religious beliefs.  This document was the basis for the First Amendment to the Constitution which protects religious freedom. 3  Later Jefferson became the third president of the United States. 1