The Radical Politics of Thomas Jefferson / Edition 1

The Radical Politics of Thomas Jefferson / Edition 1

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by Richard K. Matthews
     
 

Richard Matthews argues that despite scores of books and hundreds of articles, Thomas Jefferson remains the most seriously misrepresented and misunderstood Founding Father. Matthews's Jefferson emerges as America's first and foremost advocate of permanent revolution, a democratic communitarian, and an anit-market theorist. this interpretation has been suggested in

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Overview

Richard Matthews argues that despite scores of books and hundreds of articles, Thomas Jefferson remains the most seriously misrepresented and misunderstood Founding Father. Matthews's Jefferson emerges as America's first and foremost advocate of permanent revolution, a democratic communitarian, and an anit-market theorist. this interpretation has been suggested in the past, but seldom has it been argued so persuasively or so intensely.

It is Matthews's intent to "extricate Jefferson from the myths that surround, envelop, and ultimately distort him." The interpretation of Jefferson's idea of democracy presented here could spark new thinking about contemporary democracy as the bicentennial of the Constitution approaches.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700602933
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
11/19/1984
Series:
American Political Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. The "Jeffersonian" Tradition: The Future of an Illusion

2. Property: "The Earth Belongs to the Living"

3. Political Economy: Land, Liberty, and Leisure

4. The Nature of Man: Red, White, and Black

5. Jeffersonian Government: Public and Private Happiness

6. Jefferson in the American Context: The Liberalism of Madison and Hamilton

7. Jefferson's Political Philosophy Revisited: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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