Thomas Jefferson by Joyce Appleby
The American Presidents Series: The 3rd President, 1801-1809 (American Presidents (Times))

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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.


About Joyce Appleby

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Joyce Appleby, Professor of History Emerita at UCLA, was awarded the 2009 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Prize for distinguished writing in American history from the Society of American Historians. She lives in Los Angeles. Lynn Hunt lives in Los Angeles and is the Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History at UCLA. She is the author of many works and the coauthor of Telling the Truth About History. Margaret Jacob is an author and UCLA professor. Her writings and lectures focus on the work of Newton's immediate followers, and on the British radicals and romantics of the 1790s.
Published November 5, 2013 by Times Books. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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furthermore, she reckons with some amazement that no American with such a radical bent has met with quite the same level of electoral approval as did Jefferson, though it could be argued that we have never achieved his vision of a liberal, democratic America in which the governors and governed al...

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Thomas Jefferson, so multifaceted and long-lived, tries the skills of most who venture to write his biography, especially a short one like this. But UCLA historian Appleby (

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She wants to convince us that Jefferson was "one of history's most intuitive politicians," but even in Appleby's capable hands, Jefferson remains the most unfathomable political figure in our history.

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Abraham Lincoln never denied his humble beginnings or his relatives, but he never included them in his life.

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Writing when Jefferson's reputation was still dwelling at its post-Civil War nadir, Ford retailed every nasty thing that had ever been said about Jefferson, telling readers that his subject had been charged with "contradictions and instability," "with hypocrisy, opportunism, and even lack of any ...

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