Thomas Jefferson

Hall of Shame

He stole ideas from other writers

The ideas he stole he used to write the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. He stole ideas from John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, William Blackstone, Voltaire, Charles de Montesquieu, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Aquinas, John Clavin, and Mary Wollstonecraft.

What he stole and from whom.

He stole the idea of the Natural Rights Contract Theory from John Locke. He took the idea of people being in charge having an obligation to take care of for the people below them as well as the idea that people decide who the king is from Thomas Hobbes. He used the idea that people have the right to a trial, the right to a trial by jury, and a right for their trial to be public from William Blackstone. He stole the idea of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion from Voltaire and Thomas Aquinas. Another idea that he stole is the Seperation of Powers and Government which he took from Charles de Montesquieu. Jean Jacques Rousseau's idea that was stolen was that all humans have to agree to follow set laws. John Calvin had the idea of predestination by God and Manifest Destiny. Finally he stole the idea of Civil Rights for public education and that all men are created equal from Mary Wollstonecraft.

Thomas Jefferson


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