Essay Questions

1. What does the example of Thomas Jefferson’s theoretical views in conjunction with his relationship with Sally Hemings tell us more generally about the views and contradictions of the Founders and the political system they created?

2. Examine the ways in which property rights, religious freedom, and minority rights are understood under classical liberalism, classical republicanism, and inegalitarianism. Indicate any similarities and differences across these theoretical foundations.

3. Explain how the United States is both a constitutional democracy and a republican form of government.

4. Why does it matter that the state of Delaware, along with eight other states, issued a formal apology for slavery and Jim Crow laws? Examine the relationship between these laws and the theoretical foundations of the nation.