Kathleen Arnn

Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Equality
By Kathleen Arnn on June 09, 2010

April 13, 2010 was Thomas Jefferson's 267th birthday. As his gravestone reminds us, Jefferson wanted to be remembered as the father of the University of Virginia and the author of two works: the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom and the Declaration of Independence. Today we remember Jefferson first for the Declaration and its resounding proclamation that "all men are created equal."

But Thomas Jefferson is also the author of another statement, one that is much
less public:


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Kathleen Arnn
Kathleen Arnn

Kathleen Arnn is a Ph.D. student in the department of Politics and Policy at Claremont Graduate University. Her fields are political philosophy and American government, and her academic interests include Machiavelli's departure from the ancients, the political philosophy of William Shakespeare, and the influence of historical thinking on American political thought.

Kathleen graduated from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in Politics after writing a thesis on Alexis de Tocqueville. She is an associate editor at the Claremont Review of Books and a Visiting Instructor in Government at Claremont McKenna College.