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xxv, 370 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: north and south
  • Part One. Patriarch
  • Home
  • Plantation
  • Virginia
  • Part Two. Traveller
  • France
  • Looking homeward
  • Politics
  • Part Three. Enthusiast
  • Music
  • Visitors
  • Privacy and prayers
  • Epilogue.
Thomas Jefferson is still presented today as an enigmatic figure, despite being written about more than any other Founding Father. Lauded as the most articulate voice of American freedom, even as he held people in bondage, Jefferson is variably described as a hypocrite, an atheist and a simple-minded proponent of limited government. Now, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and leading Jefferson scholar team up to present an absorbing and revealing character study that finally clarifies the philosophy of Jefferson. The authors explore what they call the "empire" of Jefferson's imagination-his expansive state of mind born of the intellectual influences and life experiences that led him into public life as a modern avatar of the enlightenment, who often likened himself to an ancient figure-"the most blessed of the patriarchs".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780871404428 20160619
Green Library
xiv, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Part I. Political setting
  • "Eternal hostility against every form of tyranny": nineteen forty-three
  • "His mind liberal and accommodating": when John F. Kennedy dined in company
  • "We confide in our own strength": the Reagan revolution(ary)
  • "The boisterous ocean of political passions": Jefferson since William Jefferson Clinton
  • Part II. Culture wars
  • "Misery enough, but no poetry": race and the remaking of a symbol
  • "Abortion to their hopes": Jefferson versus religious authority
  • "History becomes fable": yesterday's future.
In political speech, Thomas Jefferson is the eternal flame. No other member of the founding generation has served the agendas of both Left and Right with greater vigor. When Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the iconic Jefferson Memorial on the founderAEs two hundredth birthday, in 1943, he declared the triumph of liberal humanism. Harry Truman claimed Jefferson as his favorite president, too. And yet Ronald Reagan was as great a Jefferson admirer as any Democrat. He had a go-to file of JeffersonAEs sayings and enshrined him as a small-government conservative. So, who owns Jefferson--the Left or the Right? The unknowable yet irresistible third president has had a tortuous afterlife, and he remains a fixture in todayAEs culture wars. Pained by JeffersonAEs slaveholding, Democrats still regard him highly. Until recently he was widely considered by many African Americans to be an early abolitionist. Libertarians adore him for his inflexible individualism, and although he formulated the doctrine of separation of church and state, Christian activists have found intense religiosity between the lines in his pronouncements. The renowned Jefferson scholar Andrew Burstein lays out the case for both ""Democrat"" and ""Republican"" Jefferson as he interrogates historyAEs greatest shape-shifter, the founder who has inspired perhaps the strongest popular emotions. In this timely and powerful book, Burstein shares telling insights, as well as some inconvenient truths, about politicized Americans and their misappropriations of the past, including the concoction of a ""Jeffersonian"" stance on issues that Jefferson himself could never have imagined. Here is one book that is more about ""us"" than it is about Jefferson. It explains how the founding generationAEs most controversial partisan became essential to AmericaAEs quest for moral securityuhow he became, in short, democracyAEs muse.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780813937229 20160618
Green Library

3. Writings [1984]

1600 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Autobiography
  • A summary view of the rights of British America
  • Notes on the State of Virginia
  • Travel journals
  • Public papers
  • Addresses, messages, and replies
  • Miscellany
  • Letters.
Green Library