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Thomas Jefferson: An Anthology

Peter S. Onuf (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-881089-57-5
272 pages
August 1999, ©1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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Agrarian; confident champion of freedom and uneasy slaveholder; advocate of a government strictly limited to the needs of his time - Thomas Jefferson remains a force in our political and social thought. Part of the continuing interest in him comes of curiosity about a statesman as withdrawn and elusive in personality as he was clear and eloquent in words. Recent DNA evidence that he probably fathered one or more children by one of his slaves deepens the mystery about him. The greater question has to do with his pronouncements about the nature and foundations of liberty, so direct and simple in expression.

In this anthology of Jefferson's writings, Peter Onuf begins with an Introduction entitled, "Making Sense of Jefferson," which is then followd by 86 selections from a variety of documents: letters, official papers, public addresses, and opinions, including an extensive selection from Notes on the State of Virginia, making this an ideal reader for a variety of venues.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Sense of Jefferson.

Chapter One: Revolutionary Statesman.

Chapter Two: Notes on the State of Virginia.

Chapter Three: New World and Old World.

Chapter Four: Jeffersonian Republicanism.

Chapter Five: The Revolution of 1800.

Chapter Six: Retirement Years.

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Author Information

Peter S. Onuf is Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Jefferson's Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (2001) and coauthor (with Leonard Sadosky) of Jeffersonian America (Blackwell, 2001); editor of Jeffersonian Legacies (1993) and coeditor (with James Horn and Jan Ellen Lewis) of The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic (2002) and (with Jan Ellen Lewis) of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture (1999).
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