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[07/30/10 - 01:38 PM]
Jefferson - New Special Premieres on Tuesday, August 24 at 8pm ET on History(Tm)
The two-hour special explores his political rise at a time of revolutionary fervor.

[via press release from History]

Idealist of the Enlightenment or power-driven politician? HISTORY presents a portrait of one of America's most enigmatic Founding Fathers in...

JEFFERSON - New special premieres on Tuesday, August 24 at 8pm ET on HISTORY(TM)

New York, July 30, 2010 - He was a slave owner who believed that all men are created equal. He decried politics yet served as Governor of Virginia, Secretary of State, and then President. He lived in opulence but died in debt. The life of Thomas Jefferson, marked by brilliance and achievement as well as contradiction and failure, is the subject of a new two-hour special titled, JEFFERSON, premiering Tuesday, August 24 at 8pm ET on HISTORY.

A 16-year-old boy with an insatiable curiosity, Thomas Jefferson left his Virginia frontier home in 1760 to attend college in Williamsburg. Surrounding himself with educators and mentors who espoused the Enlightenment, he was captivated by the idea that reason and knowledge could influence the world for the better.

JEFFERSON explores his political rise at a time of revolutionary fervor. At 32 he was a delegate to the Continental Congress, and drafted the Declaration of Independence. In 1779, he was appointed as Virginia's second Governor - a term seen as a failure. Such ups and downs characterized Jefferson's career as he moved in and out of the public eye for the rest of his life. He ran for President in 1800 against incumbent John Adams (whom he served as Vice President), believing the Federalist Party and the office of the President were becoming too powerful. Yet as President, he overstepped his authority as President in his handling of the Barbary Wars and the Louisiana Purchase.

This special also looks at Thomas Jefferson's life outside politics, including his 37-year romance with his house slave, Sally Hemings, after the death of his young wife. An ardent proponent of agrarian lifestyle, he retired to his Monticello haven several times throughout his career. There he pursued his passions: botany, cartography, astronomy, and especially architecture. Yet even in retirement, Jefferson's work revealed a complex balance between Enlightenment ideals and politics. His last major achievement, the University of Virginia, was an architectural masterpiece and a testament to his love of classical education - yet he insisted that only Republican political beliefs would be taught there.

Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, only a few hours before John Adams, his compatriot in their quest for independence, then great political rival, and later friend and correspondent.

JEFFERSON is produced for HISTORY by Left/Right Productions. Susan Werbe is Executive Producer for HISTORY. Executive Producers for Left/Right are Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman. Frank Koughan and Philip Opere are Producers.

HISTORY(TM) and HISTORY HD(TM) are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event-driven specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network's program offerings are hit series such as American Pickers, Ax Men, The Universe, Ice Road Truckers, Chasing Mummies, Top Shot and Pawn Stars, as well as acclaimed specials including America the Story of Us, WWII in HD, 102 Minutes That Changed America, Moonshot and Life After People. HISTORY has earned four Peabody Awards, seven Primetime Emmy(R) Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy(R) Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's Save Our History(R) campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network's latest initiative connecting America's schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY website, located at www.history.com, is the leading online resource for all things history, featuring over 20,000 videos, images, audio clips, articles and interactive features that allow visitors to dig deeper into a broad range of thousands of historical topics.





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