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Philip L. Carret Thomas Jefferson Essay Competition

This is a guide to the Philip L. Carret Thomas Jefferson Essay Competition. The essay competition was endowed in 1997 and was designed to have students reflect on the principles and ideals in Thomas Jefferson's life and career.

2013 Carret Essay Prompt

The American value of individualism arose, in part, from Americans' encounters with western lands, including those Jefferson acquired through the Louisiana Purchase and commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore. How have Jefferson's philosophy and practices shaped your generation's perspective on social and cultural life in the U.S. today, including your ideas about American individualism?