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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
  • Author : Christopher Hitchens
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-10-13
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 0061753971
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Summary : In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father. Situating Jefferson within the context of America's evolution and tracing his legacy over the past two hundred years, Hitchens brings the character of Jefferson to life as a man of his time and also as a symbolic figure beyond it. Conflicted by power, Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and acted as Minister to France yet yearned for a quieter career in the Virginia legislature. Predicting that slavery would shape the future of America's development, this professed proponent of emancipation elided the issue in the Declaration and continued to own human property. An eloquent writer, he was an awkward public speaker; a reluctant candidate, he left an indelible presidential legacy. Jefferson's statesmanship enabled him to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase with France, doubling the size of the nation, and he authorized the Lewis and Clark expedition, opening up the American frontier for exploration and settlement. Hitchens also analyzes Jefferson's handling of the Barbary War, a lesser-known chapter of his political career, when his attempt to end the kidnapping and bribery of Americans by the Barbary states, and the subsequent war with Tripoli, led to the building of the U.S. navy and the fortification of America's reputation regarding national defense. In the background of this sophisticated analysis is a large historical drama: the fledgling nation's struggle for independence, formed in the crucible of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, and, in its shadow, the deformation of that struggle in the excesses of the French Revolution. This artful portrait of a formative figure and a turbulent era poses a challenge to anyone interested in American history -- or in the ambiguities of human nature.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
  • Author : Joyce Appleby
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-11-05
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 9781466856288
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Summary : An illuminating analysis of the man whose name is synonymous with American democracy Few presidents have embodied the American spirit as fully as Thomas Jefferson. He was the originator of so many of the founding principles of American democracy. Politically, he shuffled off the centralized authority of the Federalists, working toward a more diffuse and minimalist leadership. He introduced the bills separating church and state and mandating free public education. He departed from the strict etiquette of his European counterparts, appearing at state dinners in casual attire and dispensing with hierarchical seating arrangements. Jefferson initiated the Lewis and Clark expedition and seized on the crucial moment when Napoleon decided to sell the Louisiana Territory, thus extending the national development. In this compelling examination, distinguished historian Joyce Appleby captures all of the richness of Jefferson's character and accomplishments.

Thomas Jefferson Brown

Thomas Jefferson Brown
  • Author : James Oliver Curwood
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-08-11
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 9781613105924
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Summary : ÊIt had an aristocratic sound; and Thomas Jefferson, with the Brown cut off, was still aristocratic, when you came to count the red corpuscles in him. In some sort of way he was related to two dead Presidents, three dead army officers, a living college professor, and a few common people. He was legitimately born to the purple, but fate had sent him off on a curious ricochet in a game all of its own, and changed him from Thomas Jefferson Brown into just plain Thomas Jefferson without the Brown. He was one of those specimens who, when you meet them, somehow make you feel there are a few lost kings of the earth, as well as lost lambs. He was what we called a "first-sighter"Ñthat is, you liked him the instant you looked at him. You knew without further acquaintance that he was a man whom you could trust with your money, your friendshipÑanything you had. He was big, with a wholesome brown face, blond hair, and gray eyes that seemed always to be laughing and twinkling, even when he was hungry. He carried about with him a load of cheerfulness so big that it was constantly spilling over on other people. There was a time when Thomas Jefferson Brown had little white cards with his name on them. That was when he went to college, and his lungs weren't so good. It was then that some big doctor told him that if he wanted to live to have grandchildren, the best thing for him to do was to "tramp it" for a timeÑlive out of doors, sleep out of doors, do nothing but breathe fresh air and walk. That doctor was Fate, playing his game behind a pair of spectacles and a bumpy forehead. He saved Thomas Jefferson Brown, all right; but he turned him into plain Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an
  • Author : Denise A. Spellberg
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013
  • Total pages :392
  • ISBN : 9780307388391
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Summary : Reveals the influence of Islam in the birth of American religious freedom, describing how Jefferson studied the Qur'an because he believed that Islam's Enlightenment ideals could inform the fledgling country's practical governance.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
  • Author : R. B. Bernstein
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2003-09-04
  • Total pages :253
  • ISBN : 9780195169119
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Summary : A short biography of Thomas Jefferson covers such topics as his life as a Virginia gentleman, his passionate belief in democracy, his defense of slavery, his relationship with Sally Hemings, and his contributions to America as a writer, inventor, and party leader.

Tom Jefferson

Tom Jefferson
  • Author : Helen Albee Monsell,Ken Wagner
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1989-10-30
  • Total pages :192
  • ISBN : 9780689713477
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Summary : Focuses on the childhood of America's third president.

The Jefferson Lies

The Jefferson Lies
  • Author : David Barton,Glenn Beck
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012
  • Total pages :279
  • ISBN : 9781595554598
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Summary : "Thomas Jefferson stands falsely accused of several crimes, among them infidelity and disbelief. Noted historian David Barton now sets the record straight. Having borne the brunt of a smear campaign that started more than two centuries ago, the reputation and character of American president Thomas Jefferson shows considerable tarnish, as lies and misunderstandings have gathered on his legacy. Noted early-America historian David Barton scours out the truth. Jefferson and Sally: Did he really have children by his slave, Sally Hemings? Jefferson and Jesus: Did he really abandon the faith of his family? Jefferson and the Bible: Did he really want to rewrite the Scripture? Jefferson and the church: Did he really advocate separation? Jefferson and slaves: What is the truth about his slaveholding and his statements that all are created equal? Jefferson and education: Did Jefferson really found the first secular, irreligious university? All of these questions deserve the cleansing light of truth. Barton has gone through the historical records, combed the original documents and letters, and examined the recent evidence, and his findings will upset the establishment. Barton shows the true man, the real Thomas Jefferson. Most readers will have the joy and surpriseof meeting him for the very first time"--

Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation

Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation
  • Author : Peggy Thomas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015
  • Total pages :48
  • ISBN : 9781620916285
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Summary : Examines the life and career of Thomas Jefferson, who in addition to his accomplishments as a politician and president was also talented in the field of agriculture.

Who was Thomas Jefferson?

Who was Thomas Jefferson?
  • Author : Dennis B. Fradin
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2003
  • Total pages :103
  • ISBN : 0448431459
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Summary : An illustrated biography tells the life of the third president of the United States, a book-lover, self-taught architect, and author of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson's Presidency

Thomas Jefferson's Presidency
  • Author : Emily Rose Oachs
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-08-01
  • Total pages :104
  • ISBN : 9781512422849
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Summary : Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, was a man of contradictions. Jefferson penned the most stirring claim of the Declaration of Independence: "all men are created equal." Yet during his lifetime, Jefferson owned hundreds of enslaved African Americans. An adamant believer in limited government, Jefferson nevertheless acted without constitutional power to buy land from France—the Louisiana Purchase—that doubled the size of the United States. Jefferson died on the Fourth of July, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Despite his contradictions, Jefferson's words continue to express the noble ideals of Americans—freedom from tyranny and equality for all.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
  • Author : Jon Meacham
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013
  • Total pages :759
  • ISBN : 9780812979480
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Summary : Presents a portrait of the third president that considers his early life, role as a Founding Father, and considerable achievements as a master politician.

Twilight at Monticello

Twilight at Monticello
  • Author : Alan Pell Crawford
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2008
  • Total pages :322
  • ISBN : 9781400060795
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Summary : A portrait of Thomas Jefferson's retirement years at Monticello captures a turbulent period in the former president's life marked by personal and financial problems, depression, the disintegration of his family, and the founding of the University of Virgi

Understanding Thomas Jefferson

Understanding Thomas Jefferson
  • Author : E. M. Halliday
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-10-13
  • Total pages :304
  • ISBN : 006175546X
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Summary : Recent biographies of Thomas Jefferson have stressed the sphinxlike puzzles of his character—famous champion of freedom yet lifelong slaveholder, foe of miscegenation yet secret lover of a beautiful slave for 30 years, aristocrat yet fervent advocate of government by the people. E. M. Halliday's absorbing and lucid portrait recognizes these and other puzzles about this great founder, but shows us how understandable they can be in light of his personal and social circumstances. Halliday takes readers deep into Jefferson's private life—exploring his childhood, his literary taste, and his unconventional religious thinking and moral philosophy. Here, too, are his adamant opinions on women, the evolution of his ideas on democracy and freedom of expression, and fresh insights into his relationship with Sally Hemings.

The Jefferson Bible

The Jefferson Bible
  • Author : Thomas Jefferson,Wyatt North
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-01-05
  • Total pages :160
  • ISBN : 1230987654XX
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Summary : The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting numerous sections from various Bibles as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus. Jefferson's composition excluded sections of the New Testament containing supernatural aspects as well as perceived misinterpretations he believed had been added by the Four Evangelists. In 1895, the Smithsonian Institution under the leadership of librarian Cyrus Adler purchased the original Jefferson Bible from Jefferson's great-granddaughter Carolina Randolph for $400. A conservation effort commencing in 2009, in partnership with the museum's Political History department, allowed for a public unveiling in an exhibit open from November 11, 2011, through May 28, 2012, at the National Museum of American History.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
  • Author : Jon Meacham
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012
  • Total pages :759
  • ISBN : 9781400067664
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Summary : Presents a portrait of the third president that considers his early life, role as a Founding Father, and considerable achievements as a master politician.

Master of the Mountain

Master of the Mountain
  • Author : Henry Wiencek
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-10-16
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 9781466827783
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Summary : Is there anything new to say about Thomas Jefferson and slavery? The answer is a resounding yes. Master of the Mountain, Henry Wiencek's eloquent, persuasive book—based on new information coming from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson's papers—opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson's world. We must, Wiencek suggests, follow the money. So far, historians have offered only easy irony or paradox to explain this extraordinary Founding Father who was an emancipationist in his youth and then recoiled from his own inspiring rhetoric and equivocated about slavery; who enjoyed his renown as a revolutionary leader yet kept some of his own children as slaves. But Wiencek's Jefferson is a man of business and public affairs who makes a success of his debt-ridden plantation thanks to what he calls the "silent profits" gained from his slaves—and thanks to a skewed moral universe that he and thousands of others readily inhabited. We see Jefferson taking out a slave-equity line of credit with a Dutch bank to finance the building of Monticello and deftly creating smoke screens when visitors are dismayed by his apparent endorsement of a system they thought he'd vowed to overturn. It is not a pretty story. Slave boys are whipped to make them work in the nail factory at Monticello that pays Jefferson's grocery bills. Parents are divided from children—in his ledgers they are recast as money—while he composes theories that obscure the dynamics of what some of his friends call "a vile commerce." Many people of Jefferson's time saw a catastrophe coming and tried to stop it, but not Jefferson. The pursuit of happiness had been badly distorted, and an oligarchy was getting very rich. Is this the quintessential American story?

Thomas Jefferson's Feast

Thomas Jefferson's Feast
  • Author : Frank Murphy,Richard Walz
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2003
  • Total pages :48
  • ISBN : 0375822895
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Summary : Tells of Thomas Jefferson's trip to France in 1784, and all the exotic foods he learned about and then introduced to America, including ice cream, macaroni and cheese, and tomatoes. Simultaneous.

Notes on the State of Virginia

Notes on the State of Virginia
  • Author : Thomas Jefferson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1999
  • Total pages :330
  • ISBN : 0140436677
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Summary : A request in 1780 by the French legation to the United States to learn more about the newly formed thirteen states of America stimulated in Jefferson, as he later described it, a "mysterious obligation for making me much better acquainted with my own country than I ever was before." Written during his first term as governor of Virginia, Notes on the State of Virginia is at once a scientific discourse, an attempt to define America, and an examination of the idea of freedom. With the same genius and clear, flexible prose style that informs the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson chronicles Virginia's natural, social, and political history. In his introduction to this annotated edition, which discusses the work's origins and composition, Frank Shuffelton focuses particularly on Jefferson's response to contemporary scientific writings on "New World degeneracy, " his differing treatment of blacks and Native Americans, and his influential role in creating a mythicized American self-image.

Thomas Jefferson's Garden Book, 1766-1824

Thomas Jefferson's Garden Book, 1766-1824
  • Author : Thomas Jefferson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1999
  • Total pages :704
  • ISBN : 1882886119
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Summary : Thomas Jefferson's Garden Book is a compilation of Jefferson's own horticultural diary, along with many of his letters, drawings, and memoranda relating to his beloved gardens at Monticello and Poplar Forest. Compiled and annotated by the late Edwin Morris Betts, this classic volume captures the planning and planting, successes and failures of Jefferson's ambitious and experimental gardens.

Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation

Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation
  • Author : Merrill D. Peterson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1986-09-11
  • Total pages :1104
  • ISBN : 0199840520
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Summary : The definitive life of Jefferson in one volume, this biography relates Jefferson's private life and thought to his prominent public position and reveals the rich complexity of his development. As Peterson explores the dominant themes guiding Jefferson's career--democracy, nationality, and enlightenment--and Jefferson's powerful role in shaping America, he simultaneously tells the story of nation coming into being.

Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson

Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson
  • Author : Thomas Jefferson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-07-20
  • Total pages :38
  • ISBN : 9781387113965
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Summary : This short but richly detailed memoir by Thomas Jefferson offers a rare autobiographical glimpse into the fascinating mind of this Founding Father during the tumultuous events of his remarkable public career. In addition to being America's third President, Jefferson was Minister to France during the early stages of the French Revolution, wartime Governor of Virginia, Washington's Secretary of State and Vice President during the John Adams administration. This new edition of the Autobiography includes an essay on Jefferson by historian Elbert Hubbard.