A Companion to Thomas Jefferson

A Companion to Thomas Jefferson

by Frank Cogliano
     
 

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A Companion to Thomas Jefferson presents a comprehensive assessment and overview of the life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson through a collection of essays grounded in the latest scholarship. Works from more than thirty leading scholars explore specific themes concerning the extraordinary life and times of the influential Founding Father and third U.S.

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A Companion to Thomas Jefferson presents a comprehensive assessment and overview of the life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson through a collection of essays grounded in the latest scholarship. Works from more than thirty leading scholars explore specific themes concerning the extraordinary life and times of the influential Founding Father and third U.S. President.

Jefferson’s wide range of interests and expertise, are explored, along with his lengthy and multifaceted public career. Other essays delve into elements of Jefferson's private life, including his controversial relationship with Sally Hemings. The essays also consider Jefferson and American democracy, slavery, Native Americans, and his writings such as the Summary View of the Rights of British America, The Declaration of Independence, and Notes on the State of Virginia. A Companion to Thomas Jefferson represents a comprehensive portrait of the elusive and contradictory figure who continues to hold sway in the public imagination and occupies a central place in American history.

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“A marvelous collection of authoritative and well-written essays on nearly every aspect of Jefferson’s life and legacy. Compiling and editing the works of such a variety of scholars is no easy task, and Frank D. Cogliano deserves the highest praise.”  (Expofairs, 14 May 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444330151
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/13/2011
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History Series, #56
Pages:
646
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.60(d)

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“A marvelous collection of authoritative and well-written essays on nearly every aspect of Jefferson’s life and legacy. Compiling and editing the works of such a variety of scholars is no easy task, and Frank D. Cogliano deserves the highest praise.” – Gordon S. Wood, Brown University 

“No American president cared more about posterity’s judgment than Thomas Jefferson. This kaleidoscopic collection, by an all-star cast of scholars, is the most comprehensive historical assessment of him ever undertaken.” - David Armitage, Harvard University, author of The Declaration of Independence: A Global History

"Deftly edited by Francis D. Cogliano, A Companion to Thomas Jefferson explores the greatest mystery in American history: Who was Thomas Jefferson?  Brilliant, elusive, and contradictory, Jefferson compels and confounds as a key to our national origins and to our enduring dilemmas in politics and race.  In this comprehensive collection of vivid essays, a stellar cast of leading scholars offers compelling new insights that enrich our understanding of the most mercurial of our founders." – Alan Taylor, University of California, Davis

“Frank Cogliano has brought together the leading specialists to create an invaluable and authoritative collection of essays for anyone interested in the most current scholarship on Thomas Jefferson.  It covers a wide array of different aspects of his life and legacy including coverage of his role as a plantation manager and slavery at Monticello.  It will help to navigate readers through the overwhelming secondary literature and to offer greater clarity about the man who many regard as the most elusive of the Founding Fathers.” – Dr. Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello

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