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Overview

Perhaps the most hotly debated character in American history, Thomas Jefferson stands as an enigma representing different and of ten contradictory ideas. That one man, for example, could author the Declaration of Independence and simultaneously own slaves or that he could recoil at the expansion of the federal government but later double the size of the country in a pen stroke has caused historians to question the true meaning of Jefferson's contribution to America's founding. This brief sketch of Jefferson answers many of the apparent contradictions of his fruitful life. Specifically, the author finds continuity in Jefferson's evolving philosophy of political economy. Because Jefferson was not a man intellectually tied to any single ideology, he was fully capable of embracing competing "persuasions" that seem to us today incompatible. The author shows how Jefferson's rhetoric was more a matter of time and circumstance than an element of absolute belief and demonstrates that Jefferson was not only a facile thinker but also a consummate politician.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Southern History
Jefferson admirers will be delighted to add this work to their collections, for Norman Risjord has adroitly summarized Thomas Jefferson's extraordinary life and career. . . . [An] excellently told narrative. . . . Few biographies read as well as this one. . . . The result is a charmingly told story that leaves the reader with the feeling of having personally visited with the 'Man of Monticello.'
The Journal of Southern History
Jefferson admirers will be delighted to add this work to their collections, for Norman Risjord has adroitly summarized Thomas Jefferson's extraordinary life and career. . . . [An] excellently told narrative. . . . Few biographies read as well as this one. . . . The result is a charmingly told story that leaves the reader with the feeling of having personally visited with the 'Man of Monticello.'
Joyce Appleby
Easily the best one-volume biography of the whole Thomas Jefferson—lucid and balanced—a joy to read.
North Carolina Historical Review
A fine introduction to the intellectual and political life of a man who continues to captivate scholars, students, and general readers alike.
The Journal Of Southern History
Jefferson admirers will be delighted to add this work to their collections, for Norman Risjord has adroitly summarized Thomas Jefferson's extraordinary life and career. . . . [An] excellently told narrative. . . . Few biographies read as well as this one. . . . The result is a charmingly told story that leaves the reader with the feeling of having personally visited with the 'Man of Monticello.'
The North Carolina Historical Review
A fine introduction to the intellectual and political life of a man who continues to captivate scholars, students, and general readers alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945612391
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Series: American Profiles Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman K. Risjord is emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught for over three decades. He is author of Chesapeake Politics, 1781-1800; The Old Republicans: Southern Conservatism in the Age of Jefferson; Representative Americans; and Jefferson's America, 1760-1815. Professor Risjord has also written several widely-adopted college and high school history textbooks. He is the general editor of the American Profiles series for Madison House.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Illustrations Chapter 2 Editor's Foreword Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 Disciple of the Enlightenment Chapter 6 Catalyst for Reform Chapter 7 Peace and a Foreign Tour Chapter 8 Birth of the Republican Party Chapter 9 Reign of Witches Chapter 10 The President as Liberal Chapter 11 The President as Nationalist Chapter 12 Twilight Chapter 13 Suggested Reading Chapter 14 Index

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