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Colonial America’s Jewish population offers a good case study of how original plans often went awry, though undoubtedly in the case of the Jews in large part to their satisfaction, rather than to their dismay and disappointment. The history of the Jewish people on the North American mainland dates to 1654, when a small band of twenty-three men, women, and children made landfall at New Amsterdam on the southern edge of Manhattan Island.
Frank Cogliano, professor of American history at the University of Edinburgh, discusses Thomas Jefferson's legacy as it relates to the American Revolution, and looks at how Jefferson himself wished to be remembered--as the author of the Declaration of American Independence and of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and as father of the University of Virginia.
More than a decade before the Constitutional Convention in 1787—and months before the United States declared independence—John Adams wrote a plan for a new form of government for the American colonies.