Negro President: Jefferson and the Slave Power

Negro President: Jefferson and the Slave Power

by Garry Wills, Susan Spain
     
 

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In 1800 Thomas Jefferson won the presidential election with
Electoral College votes derived from the three-fifths representation of slaves — slaves who could not vote but were still partially counted as citizens. Moving beyond the recent revisionist debate over Jefferson's own slaves and his relationship with Sally Hemings, Garry Wills instead probes the heart

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In 1800 Thomas Jefferson won the presidential election with
Electoral College votes derived from the three-fifths representation of slaves — slaves who could not vote but were still partially counted as citizens. Moving beyond the recent revisionist debate over Jefferson's own slaves and his relationship with Sally Hemings, Garry Wills instead probes the heart of Jefferson's presidency and political life, revealing how the might of the slave states remained a concern behind his most important policies and decisions. Jefferson's foil was Thomas Pickering, who along with the Federalists fought the president and the institutions that supported him.

In an eye-opening, ingeniously argued exposé, Wills restores Pickering and his allies' dramatic struggle to our understanding of Jefferson, the creation of the new nation, and the evolution of our representative democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402561849
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
10/11/2011

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