Shaping The World: Conversations on Democracy
produced in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans are available for each of the Conversations programs to help students
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Episode Six - Thomas Jefferson In Conversation With Napoleon Bonaparte
Jefferson writing about Napoleon and his activities abroad stated, "After destroying the liberties of his country, he has exhausted all its resources, physical and moral, to indulge his own maniac ambition, his own tyrannical and overbearing spirit..."
Napoleon on the other hand would refute such notions exclaiming that, "Such work as mine is not done twice in a century. I saved the Revolution as it lay dying, I have cleansed it of its crimes and have held it up to the people shining with fame. I inspired France and Europe with new ideas which will never be forgotten."
Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon Bonaparte are interviewed by students from Amherst Middle School. Among other things, their answers explore the roles of democratic principles and dictatorship. Students and teachers can join this conversation and learn more about these two men, their early years, education, careers, the American and French Revolutions, their thoughts on democracy and dictatorship, and their views on their country's future.