Thomas Jefferson

Early Career

Which book of Jefferson’s achieved international attention?

In 1781, Jefferson published Notes on the State of Virginia, which included data on his home state of Virginia and his philosophies on good government. He also discussed the subject of slavery in two chapters of the book. He originally conceived of the book while drafting questions about his home state of Virginia from François Barbe-Marbois, the leader of a French delegation in Philadelphia. Jefferson realized that his answers to the French leader would make a fine book.


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