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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060957611
ISBN-13: 9780060957612
Sku: 30840211
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  304
Age Range:  NA
 

Recent biographies of Thomas Jefferson have stressed the sphinxlike puzzles of his character--famous champion of freedom yet lifelong slaveholder, foe of miscegenation yet secret lover of a beautiful slave for 30 years, aristocrat yet fervent advocate of government by the people. E. M. Halliday''s absorbing and lucid portrait recognizes these and other puzzles about this great founder, but shows us how understandable they can be in light of his personal and social circumstances.

Halliday takes readers deep into Jefferson''s private life--exploring his childhood, his literary taste, and his unconventional religious thinking and moral philosophy. Here, too, are his adamant opinions on women, the evolution of his ideas on democracy and freedom of expression, and fresh insights into his relationship with Sally Hemings.

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Recent biographies of Thomas Jefferson have stressed the sphinxlike puzzles of his character -- famous champion of freedom yet lifelong slaveholder, foe of miscegenation yet secret lover of a beautiful slave for 30 years, aristocrat yet fervent advocate of government by the people. E. M. Halliday's absorbing and lucid portrait recognizes these and other puzzles about this great founder, but shows us how understandable they can be in light of his personal and social circumstances.

Halliday takes readers deep into Jefferson's private life -- exploring his childhood, his literary taste, and his unconventional religious thinking and moral philosophy. Here, too, are his adamant opinions on women, the evolution of his ideas on democracy and freedom of expression, and fresh insights into his relationship with Sally Hemings.

Recent biographies of Thomas Jefferson have stressed the sphinxlike puzzles of his character—famous champion of freedom yet lifelong slaveholder, foe of miscegenation yet secret lover of a beautiful slave for 30 years, aristocrat yet fervent advocate of government by the people. E. M. Halliday's absorbing and lucid portrait recognizes these and other puzzles about this great founder, but shows us how understandable they can be in light of his personal and social circumstances.

Halliday takes readers deep into Jefferson's private life—exploring his childhood, his literary taste, and his unconventional religious thinking and moral philosophy. Here, too, are his adamant opinions on women, the evolution of his ideas on democracy and freedom of expression, and fresh insights into his relationship with Sally Hemings.

An incisive exploration of Thomas Jefferson takes readers into the president's private and personal life, exploring his childhood, his literary taste, and his unconventional religious thinking and moral philosophy. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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This accessible study of founding father Thomas Jefferson examines his life, his relationships, and his contributions to American life. The author also reviews biographies and other Jefferson scholarship.

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"Jefferson was such an enigma that studies of him are almost as numerous as the volumes in the great man's own library--but this valuable new account deserves a prominent place among them." 01/15/2001

Washington Post Book World
"UNDERSTANDING JEFFERSON is not a biography but a lively character study that focuses almost entirely on the intimate affairs of Jefferson's life and should serve as a worthwhile introduction for those unfamiliar with the subject." - John Ferling 03/04/2001

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Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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