Thomas Jefferson’s America

Thomas Jefferson, from his teenage years in 1757 to his death on July 4, 1826, is the subject of this collection of 11 true stories read by master storyteller Jim Weiss. Each of the stories involves Jefferson and another American hero of the time who interacted with Jefferson. Weiss delivers the stories in a quiet but compelling voice, employing a combination of third-person diary and fictionalized speaking parts to add interest.

Among the notables featured in the tales are Patrick Henry, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, James Madison, Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, George Washington, James Monroe, and Lewis and Clark. Listeners get a real feel for the politics of the time, life at Monticello, and the personalities involved in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

Middle school students studying Jefferson and his contemporaries during America’s infancy make the best audience for this recording. They will thrill to true stories of war and peace, loyalty and betrayal, battles against empires and struggles against slavery.