Founding Fathers
Exhibit for the University of Michigan Graduate Library, December 2005

Founding Fathers

Great Explorations


Social Conditions

Civil Rights


Serial Set Today

Accessing the Serial Set


Exhibit Brochure

Complete Version of Exhibit
In 1803 Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon Bonaparte signed a treaty in which the United States paid France $15 million for 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. The text of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty Appears in the American State Papers, v. 2.

Jefferson used excerpts from New Testaments in Greek, Latin, French & English to create parallel columns of text recounting the life of Jesus, preserving what he considered to be Christ's authentic actions and statements, eliminating the mysterious and miraculous. He eliminated Gabrielís announcement of the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection.

His 1820 Bible was reprinted in the Congressional Serial Set in 1904. Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. Document 4747 (58th Congress, 2d session, House Document 755)

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