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Since its publication in 1960, The Jefferson Image in the American Mind has become a classic of historical scholarship. In it Merrill D. Peterson charts Thomas Jefferson's influence upon American thought and imagination since his death in 1826. Peterson's focus is "not primarily with the truth or falsity of the image either as a whole or in its parts, but rather with its illuminations of the evolving culture and its shaping power. It is posterity's configuration of Jefferson. Even more, however, it is a sensitive reflector, through several generations, of America's troubled search of the image of itself."
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Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker
A brilliant, original study of Jefferson's psthumous reputation and of its influence on American political thought from the 1820s through the
The Nation
A valuable book, a storehouse of information, on when and why Jefferson's reputation rose and fell, and phoenix-like rose again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813918518
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 586,780
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Merrill D. Peterson is Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Virginia. His many publications include Adams and Jefferson: A Revolutionary Dialogue; Lincoln in American Memory;
The Great Triumvirate: Webster, Clay and Calhoun; Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation: A Biography; and Visitors to Monticello [Virginia].

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Apotheosis 3
1 Resurrection 17
1 The Election of 1828 20
2 Jefferson's Memoirs 29
3 Virginia: State Rights, Democracy, and Slavery 36
4 South Carolina Nullification 51
2 Democracy I 67
1 The Jacksonians 69
2 The Conservatives 87
3 The Whigs 99
3 History I 112
1 The Character of Jefferson: Virginia 115
2 The Character of Jefferson: Massachusetts 130
3 Episodes: Mecklenburg and Burr 140
4 Henry S. Randall 149
4 Union 162
1 Slavery and Abolitionism 164
2 The Republican Jefferson 189
3 War, the Nemesis 209
5 Redivivus 229
1 Who Was Thomas Jefferson? 231
2 Touch the Bones of Jefferson 250
3 Republic or Empire 266
6 History II 277
1 Henry Adams 280
2 Quest for the Document 291
3 Beard and the Parties 309
4 Parrington and the Jeffersonian Tradition 321
7 Democracy II 330
1 The New Hamiltonians 333
2 Claude Bowers and the "New Jefferson," 347
3 Jefferson and the New Deal 355
8 Culture 377
1 Monticello: The Shrine 380
2 The Civilized Man: The Academy 394
3 The Jefferson Memorial: The Temple 420
4 The Thomas Jefferson Eicentennial 432
Epilogue: The Lengthening Shadow 443
Guide to Sources 459
Index 523
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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Great Contribution to American Political Analysis

    My public high school American History teacher was a kinder, gentler version of Professor Kingsfield from the movie "The Paper Chase". Thanks to his high standards, I chose to read and report on Peterson's landmark book just two years after its publication. It gave me insight into historical and political analysis, the value of reasoned thinking, scholarship, and the importance of civic awareness and responsibility. Jefferson's ideas have always been central to American governance and are especially germane in this age of partisan politics. I've frequently thought of Peterson's book with gratitude and for what he's given us all.

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