Jean Laffite was a very big fan of Thomas Jefferson. Theodosia Burr despised him. Their contrasting views of the man and of his words and deeds are a big part of the conflict in Theodosia and the Pirates.
When Theodosia and Jean first meet, the following exchange sets the stage for all other encounters that concern the virtue of Thomas Jefferson.
This fourth of July, if you are looking for a fresh new perspective on Jefferson's legacy and his literary oeuvre, the Declaration of Independence, you might want to consider Theodosia and the Pirates. It deals with issues of high interest to American patriots.