Thomas Jefferson and
the American Dialogue
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Tues., Nov. 21
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NJ Law Center, New Brunswick
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Presented in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Foundation
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, our second and third presidents, signers of the
Declaration of Independence, diplomats and statesmen, friends and rivals, and founding
fathers, died on the same day, July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the
Declaration of Independence.
Time and history brought together Adams, the New Englander, federalist and advocate, and Jefferson, the Virginian, classic Republican and writer, help create some the fundamental liberties we enjoy today. Both were lawyers, both were political. They each had strong opinions and they often disagreed with one another, yet they differed as rational friends. They were not perfect men, but their legal and political legacies live on every day in courtrooms and legislatures all across the country.
Their timeless words echo through the generations, and as a nation we continue to try to live up to the ideals they espoused. Historian Joseph Ellis wrote that they “came to embody the American dialogue.” That dialogue about what freedom means and what role government should or shouldn’t play in the lives of its citizens continues unto this day and is the main pillar of our legal system. It also defines who we are as nation. We live in their vision and continually seek to understand it - both for ourselves and for those who will come after us.