The Long Affair : Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785-1800 (Paperback)

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As controversial and explosive as it is elegant and learned, this examination of Thomas Jefferson, as man and icon, through the critical lens of the French Revolution, offers a provocative analysis of the supreme symbol of American history and political culture and challenges the traditional perceptions of both Jeffersonian history and the Jeffersonian legacy. 15 illustrations.

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226616568
SKU 30275711
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0226616568
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 1.25T
Author Info
Conor Cruise O'Brien
Conor Cruise O'Brien was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin, a consulting editor for the "Observer", and a contributing editor for the "Atlantic Monthly". He is the author of numerous books, including the widely acclaimed "The Great Melody: A Thematic Biography of Edmund Burke".
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"O'Brien examines two dark sides of the Jeffersonian legacy: his enthusiasm for the French Revolution, and his support for the slave-based Southern economy....O'Brien argues that the egalitarian promise of the Declaration of Independence and Jefferson's many statements against slavery were partly intended for political consumption and concealed both a deep-rooted support for the Southern slave system and a profound racism....On Jefferson's legacy to America, O'Brien ends by questioning the future status of a slaveholder with racist views in America's increasingly multicultural society."
"O'Brien's penetrating study illuminates how and why Jeffersonian liberalism may be more of a burden than a blessing in America's political culture."
"'The Long Affair' should be read by anyone interested in Jefferson--or in a good fight."
"I have to confess that throughout the course of this long book I had serious doubts about O'Brien's mastery of the subject. But the concluding sermon left me doubting my doubts. O'Brien's breathtaking grandiosity in his self-appointed role as American prophet--the absolute conviction of his judgements, the forces of good and evil--resonates uncannily with Jefferson's Manichean view of the epochal struggle between republican good and monarchical evil."
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Editors Note As controversial and explosive as it is elegant and learned, this examination of Thomas Jefferson, as man and icon, through the critical lens of the French Revolution, offers a provocative analysis of the supreme symbol of American history and political culture and challenges the traditional perceptions of both Jeffersonian history and the Jeffersonian legacy. 15 illustrations.
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Book Format Paperback
Edition 0002
Number of Pages 0386
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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