The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson

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Citadel Press, 2003 - History - 251 pages
Thomas Jefferson was selected by John Adams to write America's Declaration of Independence. The third president of the United States, Jefferson was, as Joseph Ellis describes him, a "tall, slender, elegantly elusive Virginian...an always cool and self-contained enigma who regarded debate and argument as violations of the natural harmonies he heard inside his own head." In The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson, this powerful advocate of liberty comes alive through his eloquent correspondence and writings on issues that have relevance today -- from the presidency to freedom, and from education and civil rights to personalities such as Adams, James Madison, and George Washington.
 

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Contents

The American Revolution
1
Art and Architecture
18
Character Sketches
25
Domestic Policy
38
Education
50
Family and Friends
60
Finance
83
Government
107
Native Americans
144
The Presidency
170
Religion
189
Science and Invention
203
Slavery
218
The Declaration of Independence
231
Memorandum Services of Jefferson
241
Epitaph
248

Law and the Judiciary
127
Musings and Observations
133

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