|Picture Scramble # 161
||20 April 2002
The National Cherry Blossom festival is celebrated annually
in Washington DC. Here the Jefferson Memorial is peeking out
from behind the cherry blossoms.
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Thomas Jefferson-political philosopher, architect, musician,
book collector, scientist, horticulturist, diplomat, inventor,
and third President of the United States-looms large in any
discussion of what Americans are as a people.
Jefferson left to the future not only ideas but also a great
body of practical achievements.
With his strong beliefs in the rights of man and a government
derived from the people, in freedom of religion and the
separation between church and state, and in education available
to all. Thomas Jefferson struck a chord for human liberty 200
years ago that resounds through the decades. But in the end,
Jefferson's own appraisal of his life, and the one that he
wrote for use on his own tombstone, suffices: "Author of the
Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of
Virginia for religious freedom, and Father of the University
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