Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. John D. Saillant

Second Advisor

Dr. Sally Hadden

Third Advisor

Dr. Jose Brandao

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


My research examines the writings of Thomas Jefferson in an attempt to uncover his vision for the new American nation. By looking at the language Jefferson used when writing about education, especially the creation of a system of public tutelage, a picture of the Utopian, homogeneous nation he hoped to create emerges. This thesis will explore the specifics of Jefferson's plans for education, the philosophy behind these plans, and the ways in which this philosophy led him to exclude women and African Americans.

This research enters into the field of the intellectual history of Thomas Jefferson and expands upon the limited amount of work done regarding his work in the field of education. Since no comprehensive study about this topic exists, my thesis will provide the historical community with an important look into Jefferson's efforts to expand the intellectual level of his country, while giving readers a new look into his political philosophy and goal for the country.

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