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Notes On The State Of Virginia

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Thomas Jefferson published one book, Notes on the State of Virginia, and ever since, it has been the touchstone for understanding Jefferson's ideas about republican government, the environment, education, race and slavery, and Native-white relations. This edition is the first to present these issues as fundamentally inseparable matters. A collection of lively documents accompanies the core text of the Notes, and charts the evolution of the book in the revolutionary crucible and during the heady early days of the ...
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Thomas Jefferson published one book, Notes on the State of Virginia, and ever since, it has been the touchstone for understanding Jefferson's ideas about republican government, the environment, education, race and slavery, and Native-white relations. This edition is the first to present these issues as fundamentally inseparable matters. A collection of lively documents accompanies the core text of the Notes, and charts the evolution of the book in the revolutionary crucible and during the heady early days of the new nation. An introduction by David Waldstreicher places the work in the contexts of the Revolution and the social and cultural history of Jefferson's Virginia, with particular attention to developing ideas about race and nature. A chronology of the life and career of Thomas Jefferson and selected bibliography also add to the pedagogical benefits of this volume.
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Jefferson's was written after his tenure as governor of the state and spelled out many of his thoughts regarding the republican theory of government, the institutions and infrastructure needed for Virginia to prosper, and the proper laws for the governing of a society of self-sufficient farmers. It is in this book that Jefferson first raised a number of his arguments against slavery. Editor Waldstreicher (history, U. of Notre Dame) places the work in historical context in an introductory essay. Also included are 12 letters and other documents, mostly penned by Jefferson, related to the ideas in the . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781142332532
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 0.79 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 9.69 (d)

Meet the Author

David Waldstreicher is Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame.

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Table of Contents

Part One Introduction: Nature, Race, and Revolution in Jefferson’s America Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia
• Virginia’s Jefferson
• Virginia’s Revolution Law and War
• Notes on the State of Virginia and the State of America Nature
• Native Genius
• Captive Nations
• From Weather to Race
• The Strange History of a Book
Part II Documents
• Thomas Jefferson, Resolutions of the Freeholders of Albemarle County, July 26, 1774
• Lord Dunmore, Proclamation of Freedom to Slaves and Servants, November, 1775
• The Declaration of Independence: Thomas Jefferson’s Draft with Congress’s Changes, July 4, 1776
• Francois Marbois, Queries Concerning Virginia, November, 1780
• Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Jean Baptiste DuCoigne, Kaskaskia Chief, June, 1781
• Thomas Jefferson, An Anonymous Letter for European Newspapers, November, 1784
• Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Marquis de Chastellux, June 7, 1785
• Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Richard Price, August 7, 1785
• Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Marquis de Chastellux, September 2, 1785
• Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Archibald Stuart, January 25, 1786
• Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1787 London Edition
• Benjamin Banneker, Letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 19, 1791
• Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Benjamin Banneker, August 30, 1791

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