Patterns of Organization
Read each passage to determine the patterns of organization and signals used. Select your response from the list of patterns of organization following the passage.
1Thomas Jefferson, America's third president, authored many important works, including The Declaration of Independence and Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom. This statesman lived on his Virginia plantation, Monticello, and after the American Revolution, life on the plantation was intellectually and socially stimulating. There were hunts, feasts, and grand parties. European and American guests of Jefferson were fascinated by his knowledge and charm. He was a great thinker, an enlightened man.
2However, this great representative of the Enlightenment Era owned slaves. He hoped to see slavery abolished, but he knew that the economic prosperity of his own aristocratic lifestyle and the economic well-being of the American South rested on slavery. Slaves were needed to harvest tobacco and cotton from Virginia to the Mississippi River. In fact, "surplus" slaves from Virginia were often sold to neighboring Southern states; they became a major export of his own state.
3This great man who had understood the need to break from England's tyranny could not lead the rally to help the very slaves he himself owned. He chose to believe that the next generation of Americans would rise to this challenge and eliminate the curse of slavery from this new country, dedicated to the ideals of independence that he himself had written. Despite his professed hatred of slavery and his denouncement of the practice in Notes on the State of Virginia, he decided that freeing slaves was a responsibility better left to someone else.
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