John Locke's ideas about life, freedom, government and property ownership were major influences on Thomas Jefferson's writings, including the United States Declaration of Independence. In fact, the words "life, liberty a... More »

John Locke was a reluctant democrat who believed in a direct form of democracy. He believed that it existed only to protect its people and to allow people to have liberty and property. More »

Despite holding citizenship in England, John Locke promoted a government powered by the people and for the benefit of citizens. Locke lived during the 17th century, and had a prime role in shaping the spirit and language... More »

Some of the many ways Thomas Jefferson changed America include drafting the Declaration of Independence, writing several laws and purchasing the Louisiana Territory. These changes occurred over his very long political ca... More »

Thomas Jefferson's major accomplishments include his authorship of the Declaration of Independence and his position as the third president of the United States. Jefferson is also known for his participation in the Contin... More »

Thomas Jefferson was not a solider during the Revolutionary War; instead he fought diplomatic battles with his writings. He is one of the founding fathers of the United States because his essays inspired colonists to see... More »

Thomas Jefferson's position on the protective tariff was a negative one, though he accepted that it was necessary. Jefferson had at one time believed in free trade, but he came to understand that it would never work unle... More »