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Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy
     

Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy

by Francis D. Cogliano
 

ISBN-10: 0813927331

ISBN-13: 9780813927336

Pub. Date: 04/18/2008

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

In his probing new study, Francis Cogliano focuses on Thomas Jefferson’s relation to history, both as the context in which he lived, and as something he made considerable, and conscious, efforts to influence. He was acutely aware that he would be judged by posterity, and he believed that the fate of the republican experiment depended to a large extent on how

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In his probing new study, Francis Cogliano focuses on Thomas Jefferson’s relation to history, both as the context in which he lived, and as something he made considerable, and conscious, efforts to influence. He was acutely aware that he would be judged by posterity, and he believed that the fate of the republican experiment depended to a large extent on how it was rendered by historians.The first half of the book situates Jefferson's ideas about history within the context of eighteenth-century historical thought. It then considers the efforts Jefferson made to shape the way the history of his life and times would be written: through the careful preservation of most of his personal and public papers, and through the institutions he left behind, including his home, Monticello, and the University of Virginia. The second half of the book considers the results of Jefferson's efforts to shape historical writings about himself and his period, which have issued forth in an unbroken stream from his day to our own. Although Jefferson seemed to have achieved apotheosis in the years following World War II, his rise above controversy was short-lived. Earlier political questions were replaced by arguments over race, class, and gender, and recent scholarship has criticized Jefferson's attitudes and actions with regard to civil liberties, Native Americans, slaves, and women, not least in the context of debates surrounding his relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings. Our complex feelings about Jefferson’s relation to these issues are a reflection of the man who helped engineer their place in our historical discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813927336
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
04/18/2008
Series:
Jeffersonian America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Abbreviations     xi
Introduction: The Estimation of the World     1
History     19
The Revolution     44
Jefferson's Papers     74
Monticello     106
Jefferson's Epitaph     137
Sally Hemings     170
Slavery     199
America and the World     230
Conclusion: Jefferson Survives     259
Index     269

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