Episode Five - Thomas Jefferson Talks with George Washington
In answering a semi-official questionnaire circulated in 1780 by Francois Marbois, secretary of the French legation at Philadelphia (a document that would become Jefferson's first and only published book, Notes on the State of Virginia), Jefferson wrote about George Washington:
"In war we have produced a Washington, whose memory will be adored while liberty shall have votaries, whose name will triumph over time, and will in future ages assume its just station among the most celebrated worthies of the world..."
Students and teachers can join a conversation between Thomas Jefferson and George Washington as fifth grade students from GO Center at Robert S. Payne Elementary interview the two men on a variety of topics that include the American Revolution, their military and political careers, and their views on the meaning of democracy. In this interchange between Jefferson and Washington, students have the opportunity to learn more about the men, their opinions on a variety of democratic issues, their views on women and slavery, Washington's Presidency and their innovative farming practices on their plantations.
Jefferson thought highly of Washington and would later reference him in his first Inaugural Address (1801) as "Our first and greatest revolutionary character, whose preeminent services have entitled him to the first place in his country's love, and destined for him the fairest page in the volume of faithful history."