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American Sphinx Character Descriptions

Joseph Ellis
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Character Descriptions

This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.


Thomas Jefferson - This character is born in Albemarle Country, Virginia in 1743 and died in 1826. This slender and tall man with reddish hair and freckles is the third president of the United States.

John Adams - This character serves on a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. He is also the head of the Federalist party.

John Dickinson - This character is a moderate and a Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress in 1775. He edited Jefferson's first work for the Congress, entitled the "Declaration of the Causes and Necessity for...

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This section contains 410 words
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