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Unknown [Jefferson Indian Peace medal]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01984.03 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Object Date: 1801 ca. Pagination: 1 medal

Summary of Content: Based on Houdon's bust of Jefferson. Copies of this medal were given by Lewis and Clark to Indians they met on their expedition. See Alfred L. Bush, Life Portraits of Thomas Jefferson, p. 13; Noble E. Cunningham, Jr., The Image of Thomas Jefferson in the Public Eye, pp. 73-78.

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Art, Music, Theater, and FilmPresidentAmerican Indian HistoryFrontiers and ExplorationLewis and ClarkGovernment and CivicsDiplomacy

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