Michael Waugh's Reviews > Negro President: Jefferson and the Slave Power

Negro President by Garry Wills
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Feb 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: history
Read from November 13, 2011 to February 20, 2012

A very dense and in-depth study of Thomas Jefferson, Timothy Pickering, and how the slave vote shaped America. Wills has a fairly negative view of the oft revered Jefferson, but provides ample evidence for his argument. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in how our nation and its values were actually formed. It is a good reminder that the "good ol' days" weren't all that good. Politics have always been politics.

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Mike Jensen Actually, Wills goes out of his way to write about how much he admires Jefferson, suggesting that doubters read his other, very much pro-Jefferson books. This is the book in which he finds the negative. Mr. Waugh's comment might mislead you into thinking that Wills is negative on Jefferson. Not so. He is negative about this aspect of Jefferson, and as Mr. Waugh correctly points out, these points are ably documented.

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