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The complex life of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote that "all men are created equal" yet owned slaves, is recounted by master filmmaker Ken Burns in this probing documentary. Covering Jefferson's diplomatic work in France, his two presidential terms, his retirement at Monticello and more.

Series Cast

  1. Sam Waterston as Thomas Jefferson (voice)

    Sam Waterston

    Thomas Jefferson (voice)

    2 Episodes

  2. Blythe Danner as Martha Jefferson

    Blythe Danner

    Martha Jefferson

    2 Episodes

  3. Gwyneth Paltrow as Jefferson's grandaughter (voice)

    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Jefferson's grandaughter (voice)

    2 Episodes

  4. Ossie Davis as Narrator (voice)

    Ossie Davis

    Narrator (voice)

    2 Episodes

  5. Michael Potts as Isaac

    Michael Potts


    2 Episodes

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Last Season


1997 • 2 Episodes

Season 1 of Thomas Jefferson premiered on February 18, 1997.

Part 2

(1x2, February 19, 1997) Season Finale

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Thomas Jefferson
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Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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