The Pursuit of Happiness: Family and Values in Jefferson's Virginia / Edition 1

The Pursuit of Happiness: Family and Values in Jefferson's Virginia / Edition 1

by Jan Lewis, J. Lewis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521315085

ISBN-13: 9780521315081

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is an unusual and challenging study of the 'inner world' of the Virginia gentry during Jefferson's lifetime. It argues that, in the years after the Revolution, the gentry turned away from public life into the privacy of their homes and families. A new, sentimental religion agreed that the world was filled with woe and advised detachment from it in preparation

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This is an unusual and challenging study of the 'inner world' of the Virginia gentry during Jefferson's lifetime. It argues that, in the years after the Revolution, the gentry turned away from public life into the privacy of their homes and families. A new, sentimental religion agreed that the world was filled with woe and advised detachment from it in preparation for a better one to come. Notions of success, likewise, offered little cheer, as men and women reluctantly accepted the individualistic proposition that their destinies were in their own hands. Neither religion nor success assured earthly happiness; instead, Virginians sought their salvation in love. There, in the family and in feeling, men and women broke through the eighteenth-century's emotional restraint to pursue, but not always to find, the happiness they believed awaited them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521315081
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. 'My peaceable scheme': the world of the pre-Revolutionary gentry; 2. 'The real use of religion': religion; 3. 'Weep for yourselves': death; 4. 'Little ambitions': success; 5. 'Earthly connexions': love; 6. 'The best feelings of our nature': conclusion; List of abbreviations used in notes; Notes; Bibliographical essay; A note on the sources; Selected bibliography; Index.

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