Jefferson and Burr
2007 Shaping the World: Conversation on Democracy
Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr - People, Places and Politics
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
Blue Ridge Public Television
Virginia Department of Education
Virginia Virtual Advanced Placement School
Project made possible with funding from Bank of America and The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust
They were both Democratic-Republicans -- Thomas Jefferson, born in Virginia; Aaron Burr, in New Jersey. They both were men of brilliant intelligence. They both played roles in the American Revolution, one yielding the pen, the other fighting the war. Both were lawyers turned politicians to better serve their nation. Both were controversial.
In the presidential election of 1800, Jefferson and Burr would tie at 73 electoral votes. On the 36th ballot in the House of Representatives Jefferson was elected President and Burr Vice President. Aaron Burr would serve as Vice President from 1801 – 1805. Following his tenure as Jefferson’s Vice President, Burr visits the American West and finds himself the center of an accusation of treason. In January 1807, President Jefferson issued a proclamation calling for Burr’s arrest.
Students from Appomattox Middle School confront these two men, seeking to find answers that give us insight into their lives, their roles in the American Revolution and the new government, and into those dark days known as The Burr Conspiracy. Join this conversation and learn more about these two men, their early years, education, careers, their roles in the American Revolution and the American Government, their thoughts on democracy, and their views on their country’s future.
"Shaping the World: Conversations on Democracy" can assist teachers with the following Standards Of Learning
Lesson Plans and Curriculum
Segment I -Early Life and Careers
Segment II - Roles in the American Revolution
Segment III - Roles in the American Government
Segment IV - The Burr Conspiracy
In 1773 Thomas Jefferson and his wife, Martha, inherited 4,819 acres from the estate of John Wayles, Martha’s father. Two hundred years ago Jefferson ’s private retreat began to take shape as brick layer Hugh Chisolm and his crew added course after course of brick on the octagonal foundation. Jefferson ’s plan brought together a harmonious and tranquil place intertwining architecture and landscape into an environment where he could find rest and leisure and rekindle creativity. He also continued the operation of Poplar Forest as a working plantation, critical to his efforts as a farmer. Upon Jefferson ’s death the house and 1,074 acres were inherited by Jefferson ’s grandson Francis Eppes and later sold to William Cobbs. Over the years its acreage dwindled and the house underwent structural changes. Today under the guidance of the Corporation for Jefferson ’s Poplar Forest , the house and plantation are undergoing state of the art restoration, reconstruction and archaeological investigation. Poplar Forest is a National Historic Landmark and a Virginia Historic Landmark. Archaeological research and restoration are ongoing. For more information on Poplar Forest, call (434) 525-1806.
Blue Ridge Public Television
Since 1967, Blue Ridge Public Television has provided instructional television for western Virginia , and today broadcasts SOL-correlated programs to 41 school divisions with 200,000 students. Blue Ridge PBS works on-site with all communities of learners, including teachers, pre-schoolers, and adult learners. Blue Ridge PBS sponsors Virginia ’s JASON Project, Reading Rainbow Young Authors and Illustrators Contest, and the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence.
Virginia Satellite Educational Network and Virginia Department of Education
The Virginia Satellite Educational Network (VSEN) provides advanced placement and foreign language courses to K-12 students. Programs that support the Virginia Standards of Learning for students, teachers, and administrators are also delivered through VSEN. The Department of Education and VSEN are pleased to make Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest program available via satellite to students across the Commonwealth and nation.
Curriculum researched and developed by Octavia Starbuck and Jackie Almond