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The Jefferson Image in the American Mind

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Since its publication in 1960, The Jefferson Image in the American Mind has become a classic of historical scholarship. In it Merrill D. Peterson charts Thomas Jefferson's influence upon American thought and imagination since his death in 1826. Peterson's focus is "not primarily with the truth or falsity of the image either as a whole or in its parts, but rather with its illuminations of the evolving culture and its shaping power. It is posterity's configuration of Jefferson. Even more, however, it is a sensitive...
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Overview

Since its publication in 1960, The Jefferson Image in the American Mind has become a classic of historical scholarship. In it Merrill D. Peterson charts Thomas Jefferson's influence upon American thought and imagination since his death in 1826. Peterson's focus is "not primarily with the truth or falsity of the image either as a whole or in its parts, but rather with its illuminations of the evolving culture and its shaping power. It is posterity's configuration of Jefferson. Even more, however, it is a sensitive reflector, through several generations, of America's troubled search of the image of itself."
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"A 'must' for all students of Thomas Jefferson." -- -- The Annals of the American Academy of Political Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195006988
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/7/1985
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 558

Meet the Author

Merrill D. Peterson is Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Virginia. His many publications include Adams and Jefferson: A Revolutionary Dialogue; Lincoln in American Memory;
The Great Triumvirate: Webster, Clay and Calhoun; Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation: A Biography; and Visitors to Monticello [Virginia].

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Apotheosis 3
1 Resurrection 17
1 The Election of 1828 20
2 Jefferson's Memoirs 29
3 Virginia: State Rights, Democracy, and Slavery 36
4 South Carolina Nullification 51
2 Democracy I 67
1 The Jacksonians 69
2 The Conservatives 87
3 The Whigs 99
3 History I 112
1 The Character of Jefferson: Virginia 115
2 The Character of Jefferson: Massachusetts 130
3 Episodes: Mecklenburg and Burr 140
4 Henry S. Randall 149
4 Union 162
1 Slavery and Abolitionism 164
2 The Republican Jefferson 189
3 War, the Nemesis 209
5 Redivivus 229
1 Who Was Thomas Jefferson? 231
2 Touch the Bones of Jefferson 250
3 Republic or Empire 266
6 History II 277
1 Henry Adams 280
2 Quest for the Document 291
3 Beard and the Parties 309
4 Parrington and the Jeffersonian Tradition 321
7 Democracy II 330
1 The New Hamiltonians 333
2 Claude Bowers and the "New Jefferson," 347
3 Jefferson and the New Deal 355
8 Culture 377
1 Monticello: The Shrine 380
2 The Civilized Man: The Academy 394
3 The Jefferson Memorial: The Temple 420
4 The Thomas Jefferson Eicentennial 432
Epilogue: The Lengthening Shadow 443
Guide to Sources 459
Index 523
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