The Essential Thomas Jefferson
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The Essential Thomas Jefferson

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This collection of the important writings by one of America's greatest leaders and the author of the Declaration of Independence contains inaugural addresses, the Notes on Virginia, and letters and early documents.
334 pages
Published May 21st 1994 by Gramercy Books
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This book is a collection of Jefferson's writings. From letters written to friends to memorandums written as President this book gives us a unique insight to the man in his own words. I enjoyed this book. The mind of Jefferson is amazing. Much of what he writes is in stark contrast to the image that is painted of him in the popular culture. How is it that this man was a slave holder yet despised slavery? How is it that this man promoted separation of Church and State yet called upon God in his i...more
This book is essential letters and documents written by Thomas Jefferson. There is no better way to understand his positions, hopes, and dreams then by reading his own words written to foreign leaders, generals, friends, and confidants.

I recommend keeping this book at your side while you read the history of the American Revolution and early years of the presidency. It is a great resource to have full text letters and documents to refer to as they are mentioned in historical context.
Reading Thomas Jefferson's writings as a collection offerred more insight both into the person and a deeper understanding of the writings themselves.
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