The Jefferson Way

The Jefferson Way

by Jeffrey Brandon Morris
     
 

In this series-Great Presidential Decisions-author Jeffrey B. Morris examines the way some presidents made key decisions. In 'The Jefferson Way', Morris considers some of the decisions made by Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States (1801-1809).  See more details below

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In this series-Great Presidential Decisions-author Jeffrey B. Morris examines the way some presidents made key decisions. In 'The Jefferson Way', Morris considers some of the decisions made by Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States (1801-1809).

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School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Morris focuses on his subject's executive abilities rather than on his character. After presenting an effective summary of Jefferson's early life and career, he analyzes the man's presidential style (much less formal than that of his predecessors) and offers plenty of background information (like the poor state of communications in 19th-century America). He then outlines several major decisions that Jefferson had to make: whether to trade money for hostages with the Barbary pirates, whether to buy and explore the Louisiana Territory, whether to try Aaron Burr for treason, and whether to establish an embargo against the warring European powers. The author doesn't shrink from judging Jefferson's effectiveness in terms of the results they achieved, and he is quick to establish parallels with modern events and contrast Jefferson's actions with those of recent presidents. The one major omission is any substantial discussion of slavery. Particularly noteworthy are the excellent typography, illustration, and design, with humorous black-and-white reproductions of period paintings and some full-color photographs and maps. In Thomas Jefferson, Man with a Vision (Scholastic, 1992), Ruth Crisman writes with similar verve and presents a somewhat greater depth of information, but her book lacks the wealth of illustrations found here. Milton Meltzer's Thomas Jefferson (Watts, 1991), though longer and written for a somewhat higher grade level, is even more colorfully written and gives much more information on the characters of Jefferson and the people around him. But for students who want a more ``results-oriented'' biography, Morris's compares well.-Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822529262
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Series:
Great Presidential Decisions Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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