American Sphinx Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Joseph Ellis
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Essay Topic 1

Jefferson has continued to be one of the most popular presidents in history.

Part 1) What evidence proves this?

Part 2) Why might he be so popular?

Part 3) What other president might also be popular, beloved, and admired? Why?

Essay Topic 2

An accusation that historians still debate to this day is that of the relationship between Jefferson and Sally Hemings.

Part 1) Of what is he accused?

Part 2) What is the evidence of the relationship?

Part 3) Character flaws are a part of humanity. Why do scholars, historians, and the general public still debate this relationship?

Essay Topic 3

Jefferson arrives in Philadelphia and Paris in luxury with a lot of pomp.

Part 1) Why does he choose to enter in this fashion?

Part 2) How does this flashy lifestyle contradict his views?

Part 3) His entrance to Washington, D.C. is very different from that of Philadelphia and Paris. How is it different...

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