The Levy Family and Monticello, 1834-1923 : Saving Thomas Jefferson's House

The Levy Family and Monticello, 1834-1923 : Saving Thomas Jefferson's House

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by Melvin I. Urofsky
     
 

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Each year more than a half-million people from around the world visit Monticello, but few realize that Thomas Jefferson's house was also home to the family of U.S. Navy Captain Uriah P. Levy and his nephew Jefferson Monroe Levy, a United States Congressman. Even fewer realize that without the Levy family's stewardship, there might not be a Monticello to visit.

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Each year more than a half-million people from around the world visit Monticello, but few realize that Thomas Jefferson's house was also home to the family of U.S. Navy Captain Uriah P. Levy and his nephew Jefferson Monroe Levy, a United States Congressman. Even fewer realize that without the Levy family's stewardship, there might not be a Monticello to visit. Although the Levys literally saved Monticello from ruin--not once, but twice--in the nineteenth century, and actually owned the property longer than Jefferson, the family's vital contributions to preserving Thomas Jefferson's home have been largely ignored or minimized. In a story filled with drama, irony, political wrangling, and legal battles, Professor Melvin I. Urofsky corrects the misconception that a "century of ruin and neglect" marked Monticello between Jefferson's death and the creation of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private, nonprofit organization that today owns and operates Monticello.

The story of the Levys and Monticello is a story of the blending of cultures and personalities, of Yankees and Virginians, of Jews and Christians, of city folk and rural people. It is the story of the power of a symbol, and how in America such symbols cut across lines of religion and class and ethnicity. And behind all of this is the towering presence of Thomas Jefferson.

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Michael Kammen
Provides us with a story filled with dramatic incidents, partisan conflicts, and legal tangles that required years (sometimes decades to resolve.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882886166
Publisher:
Jefferson, Thomas Memorial Foundation, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/25/2002
Series:
Monticello Monograph Series, Distributed by UNC Press for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author


Melvin I. Urofsky is professor of history and public policy at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The author and editor of more than three dozen books, he co-edited the multi-volume Letters of Louis D. Brandeis and authored The Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary, as well as Division and Discord: The Supreme Court under Stone and Vinson, 1941-1953.

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