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The Resource "Most blessed of the patriarchs" : Thomas Jefferson and the empire of the imagination, Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf

"Most blessed of the patriarchs" : Thomas Jefferson and the empire of the imagination, Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf

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"Most blessed of the patriarchs" : Thomas Jefferson and the empire of the imagination
Title
"Most blessed of the patriarchs"
Title remainder
Thomas Jefferson and the empire of the imagination
Statement of responsibility
Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf
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Language
eng
Summary
Thomas Jefferson is often portrayed as a hopelessly enigmatic figure -- a riddle -- a man so riven with contradictions that he is almost impossible to know. Lauded as the most articulate voice of American freedom and equality, even as he held people -- including his own family -- in bondage, Jefferson is variably described as a hypocrite, an atheist, or a simple-minded proponent of limited government who expected all Americans to be farmers forever. Now, Annette Gordon-Reed teams up with America's leading Jefferson scholar, Peter S. Onuf, to present a character study that dispels the many clichés that have accrued over the years about our third president. Challenging the widely prevalent belief that Jefferson remains so opaque as to be unknowable, the authors create a portrait of Jefferson, as he might have painted himself, one "comprised of equal parts sun and shadow." Tracing Jefferson's philosophical development from youth to old age, the authors explore what they call the "empire" of Jefferson's imagination -- an expansive state of mind born of his origins in a slave society, his intellectual influences, and the vaulting ambition that propelled him into public life as a modern avatar of the Enlightenment who, at the same time, likened himself to a figure of old -- "the most blessed of the patriarchs." Indeed, Jefferson saw himself as a "patriarch," not just to his country and mountain-like home at Monticello but also to his family, the white half that he loved so publicly, as well as to the black side that he claimed to love, a contradiction of extraordinary historical magnitude
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Gordon-Reed, Annette
Dewey number
973.4/6092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E332.2
LC item number
.G669 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Onuf, Peter S.
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  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Philosophy
  • Political and social views
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"Most blessed of the patriarchs" : Thomas Jefferson and the empire of the imagination, Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-348) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: North and South -- Part One: Patriarch : 1. Home -- 2. Plantation -- 3. Virginia -- Part Two: Traveller : 4. France -- 5. Looking Homeward -- 6. Politics -- Part Three: Enthusiast : 7. Music -- 8. Visitors -- 9. Privacy and Prayers
Control code
951070925
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First paperback edition.
Extent
xxv, 370 pages
Isbn
9781631492518
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)951070925
Label
"Most blessed of the patriarchs" : Thomas Jefferson and the empire of the imagination, Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-348) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: North and South -- Part One: Patriarch : 1. Home -- 2. Plantation -- 3. Virginia -- Part Two: Traveller : 4. France -- 5. Looking Homeward -- 6. Politics -- Part Three: Enthusiast : 7. Music -- 8. Visitors -- 9. Privacy and Prayers
Control code
951070925
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First paperback edition.
Extent
xxv, 370 pages
Isbn
9781631492518
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)951070925

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