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Thomas Jefferson 

A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father.
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Series cast summary:
Ossie Davis ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 1997
Joseph Ellis ...  Himself - Historian 2 episodes, 1997
John Hope Franklin ...  Himself - Historian 2 episodes, 1997
Gwyneth Paltrow ...  Jefferson's Grandaughter 2 episodes, 1997
Michael Potts ...  Isaac 2 episodes, 1997
Gore Vidal ...  Himself - Writer 2 episodes, 1997
Sam Waterston ...  Thomas Jefferson 2 episodes, 1997
George Will ...  Himself - Writer 2 episodes, 1997
Garry Wills Garry Wills ...  Himself - Historian 2 episodes, 1997
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A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father.

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1997 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Blythe Danner also portrayed Martha Jefferson in 1776 (1972). See more »

Goofs

In recounting the story of the 1800 presidential election, the narrator says "In early 1801, the Electoral College met in the new capital to pick the next president." The Electoral College does not meet in the capital. In accordance with the Constitution, in December 1800 (not early 1801) the electors from each state met in their respective states to cast their votes. What the program should have said was that in early 1801 Congress met in the new capital to count the votes of the Electoral College. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Jefferson: "The life of a cabbage is paradise".
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Connections

Featured in Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017) See more »

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by the way - did you know he owned slaves?
6 May 2011 | by pmcguireumcSee all my reviews

Any movie that features George Will in the first 10 minutes is worth watching, in my opinion. Will, like Jefferson, is a great, multifaceted thinker. Oh, by the way, did you know Jefferson owned slaves. This is, like all of Ken Burn's films, a wonderful collection of diary readings, oil paintings, heart felt music, warm narration, and thought provoking. Oh, by the way, did you know Jefferson owned slaves. As a huge fan of our nation's first and greatest thinker, I was very hopeful about this film, especially when I saw that Ken Burns produced it. However, the modern political correctness constantly invoked when it comes to the issue of slavery is incredibly distracting. There were almost 25 references to Jefferson's owning slaves in the first 28 minutes. Oh, by the way, did you know Jefferson owned slaves. As long as you can tolerate the repeated onslaught of political correctness (not that this is unexpected from PBS), you will be interested in this documentary.

My criticism of course, is the ridiculous interpretation of the past through modern sensibilities. The cost of this however, is a minimal study of America's most enigmatic and great thinker. Oh, by the way, did you know Jefferson owned slaves.


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