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Overview

On the occasion of Thomas Jefferson's 250th birthday, a number of today's leading historicans take a fresh look at our third president, architect of democracy for his time and still for ours. Jeffersonian Legacies reconstructs the worlds Thomas Jefferson created for himself and envisioned for his countrymen.

The authors consider Jefferson's career as a slave owner, his ambiguous and controversial testimony on the institution of slavery, and his significance for the civil rights movement and contemporary race relations. Jeffersonian Legacies provides the next generation of students, scholars, and citizens a better understanding not only of Jefferson in his own world but also his influence in the shaping of ours.

University of Virginia Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813914633
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 1,042,900
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter S. Onuf, Professor of History at the University of Virginia, is the author of The Origins of the Federal Republic and other works on the history of Revolutionary America.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Editor's Note
Abbreviations used in the Notes
Introduction: Jefferson and His Complex Legacy 1
I Jefferson and His World
1 The Religious Pilgrimage of Thomas Jefferson 19
2 Jefferson and the Republic of Letters 50
3 The First Monticello 77
4 "The Blessings of Domestic Society": Thomas Jefferson's Family and the Transformation of American Politics 109
5 "Those Who Labor For My Happiness": Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves 147
6 Jefferson and Slavery: "Treason Against the Hopes of the World" 181
II Jeffersonian Visions
7 The Intellectual Reconstruction of Virginia in the Age of Jefferson 225
8 Putting Rights Talk in Its Place: The Summary View Revisited 254
9 "The Earth Belongs in Usufruct to the Living" 281
10 Thomas Jefferson and the American Democratic Experience: The Origins of the Partisan Press, Popular Political Parties, and Public Opinion 316
11 Jefferson's Union and the Problem of Internal Improvements 340
12 Jefferson and an American Foreign Policy 370
III Jeffersonian Legacies
13 The Trials and Tribulations of Thomas Jefferson 395
14 The Strange Career of Thomas Jefferson: Race and Slavery in American Memory, 1943-1993 418
Afterword 457
Contributors 465
Index 467
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