Loading...

Tour of the South Lawn

Course video 28 of 33

In 1789, Jefferson wrote a letter to James Madison from Paris in which he asserted that “the earth belongs to the living.” Calculating that a single generation could be said to last nineteen years, he proposed that no debts should be incurred that could not be paid off in nineteen years; that all laws should be re-written every nineteen years; and that Americans should re-write even their constitutions every nineteen years. Madison thought the ideas Jefferson outlined in this letter to be wildly impractical, and most commentators since then have come to the same conclusion. In this module, however, we’ll explore what Jefferson was getting at in claiming that “the earth belongs to the living.” In so doing, we’ll discover how this phrase expresses an idea that lies at the very core of Jefferson’s conception of equality, democracy, and the American nation.

弗吉尼亚大学
4.6(267 个评分) | 23K 名学生已注册

关于 Coursera

课程、专项课程和在线学位均由全世界一流大学和教育机构的顶尖授课教师教授。

Community
Join a community of 40 million learners from around the world
Certificate
Earn a skill-based course certificate to apply your knowledge
Career
Gain confidence in your skills and further your career