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"I look to the diffusion of light and education," wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1822, "as the resource to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue, and advancing the happiness of man."
Thus the 79-year-old Founding Father -- principal author of the Declaration of Independence, first secretary of state, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia -- reaffirmed his life-long conviction that the American experiment in self-government depended on the quality of citizens' education...
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