American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People / Edition 1
Since the early days of the republic, Americans have recognized Thomas Jefferson's distinctive role in helping to shape the American national character. As Founder and statesman, Jefferson thought broadly about the virtues Americans would need to cultivate in order to preserve and perfect their experiment in republican self-government. Now in an age preoccupied with rights and divided over questions of character in public and private life, Jefferson can help us to think more clearly about our most urgent concerns.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Declaration and the American Character 2. The Moral Sense Virtues and Character Formation 3. Work, Property, and Character: Agrarian Virtue and Commercial Virtue 4. Civic Virtue, Statesmanship, and Republican Self-Government 5. The Liberal Ideal: Duties to Self, Friendship, and Duties to God Notes Works Cited Index
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At a time when all of us have opinions about Thomas Jefferson's character, Yarbrough is the first to understand that his ideas about our character are far more interesting. The result is a morally engaged and thoughtful inquiry into the fundamental character of democratic citizenship from a leading student of early American political theory.