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07 France

“I do not seek applause, nor to amuse the people, I want to convince them.” —Abraham Lincoln

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The Structure of Reason Goes to France

Dan in France

26th World Canals Conference
Toulouse, France
September 2013

                  Photograph by SVH

In 1785, Thomas Jefferson succeeded Benjamin Franklin as the American Minister to France. In 1787, Jefferson traveled to the south of France.

Photograph by Rod Mackler

Jefferson spent nine days traveling on the Canal of Languedoc.

Photograph by SVH

Dan's display shows the critical role of facts in Jefferson's logical persuasive structure.

Photograph by Rod Mackler

Photograph by SVH

Dan discussed how Thomas Jefferson applied what he learned in France to the United States, and logically persuaded Americans to invest in canals and waterways.