A Companion to Thomas Jefferson
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History, Band 82 1. Aufl.
A Companion to Thomas Jefferson presents a state-of-the-art assessment and overview of the life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson through a collection of essays grounded in the latest scholarship. Features essays by the leading scholars in the field, including Pulitzer Prize winners Annette Gordon-Reed and Jack Rakove Includes a section that considers Jefferson’s legacy Explores Jefferson’s wide range of interests and expertise, and covers his public career, private life, his views on democracy, and his writings Written to be accessible for the non-specialist as well as Jefferson scholars
List of Figures and Tables x Notes on Contributors xi Abbreviations xvii Introduction xix Francis D. Cogliano PART I JEFFERSON’S LIFE AND TIMES 1 1 Jefferson and Biography 3 Annette Gordon-Reed 2 Jefferson’s Virginia 16 Michael A. McDonnell 3 Thomas Jefferson and A Summary View of the Rights of British North America 32 Kristofer Ray 4 The Declaration of Independence 44 Robert G. Parkinson 5 “I have known”: Thomas Jefferson, Experience, and Notes on the State of Virginia 60 Peter Thompson 6 The Virginia Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom 75 John A. Ragosta 7 A Republican Reformation: Thomas Jefferson’s Civil Religion and the Separation of Church from State 91 Johann N.Neem 8 The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson 110 Iain McLean 9 Jefferson as Party Leader 128 Todd Estes 10 A Qualified Revolution: The Presidential Election of 1800 145 Joanne B. Freeman 11 The (Federalist?) Presidency of Thomas Jefferson 164 Robert M.S. McDonald 12 From “Floating Ardor” to the “Union of Sentiment”: Jefferson on the Relationship between Public Opinion and the Executive 184 Jeremy D. Bailey 13 Jefferson and International Relations 199 Leonard J. Sadosky 14 Jefferson in Retirement 218 Andrew Burstein PART II THEMES 235 15 Thomas Jefferson and Native Americans 237 Andrew Cayton 16 Thomas Jefferson: Planter and Farmer 253 Lucia Stanton 17 Thomas Jefferson and Slavery 271 Cassandra Pybus 18 Sally Hemings 284 Catherine Kerrison 19 Thomas Jefferson and Affairs of the Heart 301 Billy L. Wayson 20 Thomas Jefferson and John Adams 318 Richard Samuelson 21 The Libraries of Thomas Jefferson 333 Kevin J. Hayes 22 Jefferson and the Law 349 David Thomas Konig 23 Thomas Jefferson, Cosmopolitanism, and the Enlightenment 364 Hannah Spahn 24 Thomas Jefferson and the Ancient World 380 Caroline Winterer 25 Jefferson and American Democracy 397 Peter S. Onuf 26 Thomas Jefferson and Constitutionalism 419 R.B. Bernstein 27 Political Economy 439 Max M. Edling 28 Jefferson and Education 457 Cameron Addis PART III LEGACY 475 29 History, Politics, and the Self: Jefferson’s “Anas” and Autobiography 477 Matthew E. Crow 30 “For Generations to Come”: Creating the “Definitive” Jefferson Edition 491 Barbara B. Oberg and James P. McClure 31 Preservation and Education: Monticello and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation 510 Francis D. Cogliano 32 Jefferson’s Legacy: The Nation as Interpretative Community 526 Brian Steele 33 Thomas Jefferson in the Twenty-First Century 551 Jack N. Rakove Bibliography 567 Index 595
“A marvelous collection of authoritative and well-written essays on nearly every aspect of Jefferson’s life and legacy. Compiling and editing the works of such a variety of scholars is no easy task, and Frank D. Cogliano deserves the highest praise.” (Expofairs, 14 May 2013)
Francis D. Cogliano is Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh. A specialist in the history of revolutionary and early national America, Cogliano is the author or editor of several books on American history, including Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy (2006) and Revolutionary America: A Political History (2000, 2009).
A Companion to Thomas Jefferson presents a comprehensive assessment and overview of the life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson through a collection of essays grounded in the latest scholarship. Works from more than thirty leading scholars explore specific themes concerning the extraordinary life and times of the influential Founding Father and third U.S. President. Jefferson’s wide range of interests and expertise, are explored, along with his lengthy and multifaceted public career. Other essays delve into elements of Jefferson's private life, including his controversial relationship with Sally Hemings. The essays also consider Jefferson and American democracy, slavery, Native Americans, and his writings such as the Summary View of the Rights of British America, The Declaration of Independence, and Notes on the State of Virginia. A Companion to Thomas Jefferson represents a comprehensive portrait of the elusive and contradictory figure who continues to hold sway in the public imagination and occupies a central place in American history.
“A marvelous collection of authoritative and well-written essays on nearly every aspect of Jefferson’s life and legacy. Compiling and editing the works of such a variety of scholars is no easy task, and Frank D. Cogliano deserves the highest praise.” – Gordon S. Wood, Brown University “No American president cared more about posterity’s judgment than Thomas Jefferson. This kaleidoscopic collection, by an all-star cast of scholars, is the most comprehensive historical assessment of him ever undertaken.” - David Armitage, Harvard University, author of The Declaration of Independence: A Global History "Deftly edited by Francis D. Cogliano, A Companion to Thomas Jefferson explores the greatest mystery in American history: Who was Thomas Jefferson? Brilliant, elusive, and contradictory, Jefferson compels and confounds as a key to our national origins and to our enduring dilemmas in politics and race. In this comprehensive collection of vivid essays, a stellar cast of leading scholars offers compelling new insights that enrich our understanding of the most mercurial of our founders." – Alan Taylor, University of California, Davis “Frank Cogliano has brought together the leading specialists to create an invaluable and authoritative collection of essays for anyone interested in the most current scholarship on Thomas Jefferson. It covers a wide array of different aspects of his life and legacy including coverage of his role as a plantation manager and slavery at Monticello. It will help to navigate readers through the overwhelming secondary literature and to offer greater clarity about the man who many regard as the most elusive of the Founding Fathers.” – Dr. Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello
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