Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation by Merrill D. Peterson
A Biography (Galaxy Books)

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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.

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Merrill D. Peterson is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Virginia. A winner of the Bancroft Prize and a former Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author of numerous books, including The Jefferson Image in the American Mind and Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation: A Biography.
Published May 15, 1970 by Oxford University Press. 1105 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In the face of the generally acknowledged definitive work on Jefferson by Dumas Malone (the fourth volume, p. 1302, has just appeared), Professor Peterson of the University of Virginia has written an enormous work which must contain most of his knowledge of his great protagonist.

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Parrington believed there was only one of two views that could be taken of American history, a Jeffersonian or a Hamiltonian view, and it is certainly true that the way you think about Thomas Jefferson largely determines how you will think about any number of other things, and vice versa.

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