Thomas Jefferson: Genius of Liberty

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Thomas Jefferson: Genius of Liberty examines and copiously illustrates the largest assemblage of Jefferson documents from the rare and historically important holdings of the Library of Congress ever produced in one volume as well as other artifacts related to the life and legacy of one of the seminal figures in American history. A companion volume to the Library of Congress exhibition, this book seeks out the character, ideals, and motivations behind the founding achievements of...
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Overview

Thomas Jefferson: Genius of Liberty examines and copiously illustrates the largest assemblage of Jefferson documents from the rare and historically important holdings of the Library of Congress ever produced in one volume as well as other artifacts related to the life and legacy of one of the seminal figures in American history. A companion volume to the Library of Congress exhibition, this book seeks out the character, ideals, and motivations behind the founding achievements of this brilliant son of the Englightenment.

A lively narrative illuminated by Jefferson's own words, combined with contemporary commentary by prominent scholars, explores the life of a complex man whose views influenced every major political event in our country's early life. Weaving back and forth between Jefferson's public career--author of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Virginia, minister to France, secretary of state, the nation's third president, and finally founder of the University of Virginia--and his personal life at his beloved Monticello, Thomas Jefferson studies the conflicts among Jefferson's public ideals, the political realities he faced, and his private life. In touching upon such controversial topics as his liaison with slave Sally Hemings, this book offers no single view of Jefferson. We see a man who deplored inequality among men but who owned slaves; who sought to preserve Native American culture but who pushed for westward expansion; who supported freedom of the press until his own sexual misconduct and politics became its focus. We are left with a lasting image of a paradoxical statesman whose ideas and rhetoric continue to exert an unshakable hold on our national identity.

The insightful text is paired with 150 historically significant illustrations, almost all reproduced in full color, of items ranging from the first known draft of the Declaration of Independence to the travel writing desk he invented; from his 1769 ink sketch of the first plan for Monticello to scathing political cartoons; from a love letter to Maria Cosway to his design for his own tombstone. April 2000 marks the bicentennial of the Library and the occasion will be celebrated with a major exhibition of these letters, documents, books, drawings, paintings, and personal artifacts either written or owned by Thomas Jefferson or from his time.

It is only fitting that Jefferson be remembered on the two hundredth anniversary of the Library of Congress. Following a fire in 1814 that destroyed the Library's original collection, Thomas Jefferson offered and then sold to the Congress his personal collection of some 6,500 volumes in many languages on a wide range of topics. Jefferson believed that knowledge was the cornerstone of democracy and remarked that there was "no subject to which a member of Congress may not have occasion to refer."

Thomas Jefferson: Genius of Liberty provides us with a new perspective on the words and deeds of this icon of American culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670889334
  • Publisher: Studio
  • Publication date: 4/3/2000
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Garry Wills
Garry Wills
One of our foremost Catholic intellectuals, bestselling author Garry Wills writes thoughtful, provocative nonfiction that roams across history, politics, and religion.

Biography

Born in Atlanta in 1934 and raised in the Midwest, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and distinguished religion writer Garry Wills entered the Jesuit seminary after high school graduation, but left after six years of training. He received a B.A. from St. Louis University (1957), an M.A. from Xavier University of Cincinnati (1958), and his Ph.D. in classics from Yale (1961).

After graduating from Xavier, Wills was hired to work as the drama critic for National Review magazine, where he became a close personal friend and protégé of founding editor William F. Buckley. But as the winds of change blew across the 1960s, Wills got caught up in the cross-currents. A staunch Catholic anti-Communist in his youth, he began to drift away from political conservatism, galvanized by the civil rights movement and the Vietnam debate. He parted ways with National Review and began writing for more liberal-leaning publications like Esquire and the New York Review of Books, a defection that left him slightly estranged from Buckley for many years. (They reconciled before Buckley's death in 2008.)

In 1961, while he was still in grad school, Wills's first book, Chesterton: Man and Mask was published. [It was revised and reissued in 2001 with a new author's introduction.] Since then, the prolific Wills has gone on to pen critically acclaimed nonfiction that roams across history, politics, and religion. He expanded one of his Esquire articles into Nixon Agonistes (1970), a probing profile John Leonard said "...reads like a combination of H. L. Mencken, John Locke and Albert Camus." (The book landed Wills on the famous Nixon's Enemies List.) He has also written penetrating studies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Wayne, and Saint Paul; he has won two National Book Critics Circle Awards; and his 1992 book Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Something of a rara avis, Wills is a Catholic intellectual who has produced thoughtful, scholarly books on religion in America. His translations of St. Augustine have received glowing reviews, and he has acted both as an outspoken critic of the Church (Papal Sin) and as an ardent advocate for his own faith Why I Am a Catholic). Proof of his accessibility can be found in the fact that several of his religion books have become bestsellers.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1934
    2. Place of Birth:
      Atlanta, GA
    1. Education:
      St. Louis University, B.A., 1957; Xavier University, M.A., 1958; Yale University, Ph.D., 1961

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Acknowledgments x
Introduction xiii
Bibliography 172
Index 174
Chapter 1 Self-Evident Truths 1
Chapter 2 The Passionate Idealist 31
Chapter 3 The Power of Opinion 63
Chapter 4 A Second Revolution 89
Chapter 5 Empire for Liberty 115
Chapter 6 The Race of Life 145
Essays
"Thomas Jefferson, 1776: Draftsman and Author" 23
"The Rich Fields of Nature" 57
"Thomas Jefferson and the Boundaries of American Civilization" 83
"Liberty to Learn" 138
"Why Jefferson Lives: A Meditation on the Man and the Myth" 164
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