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The Essential Jefferson

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Through substantial selections from Jefferson's writings--including his earliest writings, Notes on Virginia, and key public papers and personal correspondence--this volume traces the development of his thinking on such fundamental issues as republicanism, constitutionalism, slavery, and the separation of religion from politics. Footnotes identify Jefferson's correspondent ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 15th 2006 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published May 21st 1994)
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Steve
Mar 09, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jimmy
Nov 21, 2007 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-history
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.
Koleneevans
Oct 12, 2009 Koleneevans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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More than a mere renaissance man, Jefferson may actually have been a new kind of man. He was fluent in five languages and able to read two others. He wrote, over the course of his life, over sixteen thousand letters. He was acquainted with nearly every influential person in America, and a great many in Europe as well. He was a lawyer, agronomist, musician, scientist, philosopher, author, architect ...more
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