Argument 2 (Thomas Jefferson)

2 min readnovember 16, 2021

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AP English Language Free Response Argument for Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the third President of the United States and the primary author of The Declaration of Independence. In 1816, Jefferson wrote a letter to one of his political collaborators and rivals, John Adams, who had previously served as the second President of the United States. In his letter, Jefferson argued that “bigotry is the disease of ignorance.” He then claimed that “education and free discussion are the antidotes of [it].”


Write an essay that argues your position on the extent to which “education and free discussion” are the “antidotes” of bigotry.
In your response you should do the following:
  • Respond to the prompt with a thesis that presents a defensible position.
  • Provide evidence to support your line of reasoning.
  • Explain how the evidence supports your line of reasoning.
  • Use appropriate grammar and punctuation in communicating your argument.

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