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Jay’s Treaty

In February 1790 Benjamin Franklin, on behalf of Pennsylvania’s anti-slavery society, petitioned Congress to abolish slavery; “to devise means for removing the Inconsistency from the Character of the American People.” The petition triggered a national debate and slave owners were displeased. 1,183 more words


Thomas Jefferson and MU

Upon visiting the University of Missouri’s beautiful, historic Francis Quadrangle, guests may be prompted to ask about the significance of landmarks such as the Columns and the Chancellor’s House. 175 more words

Scavenger Hunt

The Declaration of Independence

Here is an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence (1776):

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 107 more words

General Political Science

Thomas Jefferson, The Traveler’s Curse And Why Traveling Matters


“Travelling […] makes men wiser, but less happy.”

-Thomas Jefferson,

August 10, 1787

It’s been almost two years since I first heard of the traveler’s curse, and I’m still not sure what to make of it. 2,317 more words


And we teach anyway

I had a student visit me at lunch the other day.

Let’s call him Robert.

Robert was in my class for two years. Now, in my class, you were expected to come to class and participate by singing. 1,097 more words