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Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty (Jefferson and His Time #3)

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The third volume in Dumas Malone's distinguished study of Thomas Jefferson and his time deals with one of the most fascinating and controversial periods of Jefferson's life. It includes the story of the final and most crucial phase of his secretaryship of state; his retirement to Monticello; his assuption of the leadership of the opposition party; and the crisis during the...more
Hardcover, 545 pages
Published August 11th 2005 by University of Virginia Press (first published January 1st 1962)
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James Violand
Jul 01, 2014 James Violand rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Americans
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This review applies to the entire series, Jefferson and His Times.
Anyone who wants to understand a fraction of Jefferson, needs to start here. This work is the source that most academicians use. It is thorough and depends upon Jefferson's correspondence, editorials, reports, day books, conversations and memories. What more could you ever need? Heavily footnoted, this series puts to shame all other works on this great American. Some popular authors have written of Jefferson suggesting what he may...more
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This is the third volume of Dumas Malone's Thomas Jefferson biography, covering the years form 17192 - 1801. As George Washington's Secretary of State, Jefferson was responsible for drafting the young country's important treaties and the act of neutrality, which defined terms for the survival of the U.S. when its old ally France went to war with England. A francophile himself, he was concerned about our relationship to the volatile government of revolutionary France. He found himself in dispute...more

“Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty” is the third of six volumes in Dumas Malone’s epic biography on Thomas Jefferson. Malone spent over one-third of his life researching and writing this series, his most renowned work for which he won a 1975 Pulitzer Prize. This volume covers the years 1792-1800, including the last year of Jefferson’s tenure as Secretary of State, his three-year retirement at Monticello, his years as John Adams’ Vice President and his el...more
This is the middle of a long series, and it is beginning to sprawl. Having set the stage for political conflict in tbe preceding volume, Dumas Malone turns his minute focus from foreign affairs to the ordering of the domestic political sphere. The universal unification of America under Washington has passed, and the bulk of this book is concerned with a detailed analysis of the splintering of factions, the creation of parties, and the debate of ideas. This was well foreshadowed in the first volu...more
Thomas Jefferson: the driest forefather ever! The whole of this voluminous biography should be read by all Americans.
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Dumas Malone, 1892–1986, spent thirty-eight years researching and writing Jefferson and His Time. In 1975 he received the Pulitzer Prize in history for the first five volumes. From 1923 to 1929 he taught at the University of Virginia; he left there to join the Dictionary of American Biography, bringing that work to completion as editor-in-chief. Subsequently, he served for seven years as director...more
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