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Textbooks may offer helpful summaries of historical figures' lives and contributions, but rarely do they capture a sense of their personalities. Two letters to George Washington allow students to consider the competing politics and personalities of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.








Left image: Painting of Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull. From the Library of Congress.
Right image: Painting of Thomas Jefferson. From the Library of Congress.

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I should be able to use this next semester with my American History classes.
This lesson goes along well with several new songs from the hit musical "Hamilton"! Loved it!
I recently used this lesson in my 8th grade history classes and I will definitely use it in the future. The guided questions were right on target for this age group and proved to be a great catalyst for class discussion. The students reported that they absolutely learned more about these two important figures from this lesson than they had from our textbook.
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