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Thomas Jefferson's Education

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  5 reviews
By turns entertaining and tragic, this beautifully written history reveals the origins of a great university in the dilemmas of Virginia slavery. It offers an incisive portrait of Thomas Jefferson set against a social fabric of planters in decline, enslaved black families torn apart by sales, and a hair-trigger code of male honor. A man of “deft evasions” who was both ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by W. W. Norton Company
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Ddoddmccue
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Thomas Jefferson's Education was an eye opening account of the varied efforts of Thomas Jefferson to influence Virginia's post-revolutionary history. Veiled as educational aspirations, Jefferson's ideas included the brilliant and the undeniably flawed stands on the political, societal, and economic, with unvarnished goals of preserving and refining the genteel. In short, Jefferson's education was unfolding within his endorsement of republicanism, and his adversity to federalism.

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Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Celebrated professor and historian Alan Taylor returns with scrutiny and questions regarding the foundations of Thomas Jefferson’s plan for a university to equal the likes of the institutes found in the northern states, and Virginia’s own College of William & Mary. Having developed a small library of award-winning works on the early history of North America and the Thirteen Colonies in particular, this is an interesting approach for Taylor as he usually educates from a macro level, rather ...more
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Miranda Burnett
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really wanted to like this one. I've read Dr. Taylor's other works and enjoyed them, particularly Internal Enemy. No matter how hard I tried, I could not get into TJ's Education and didn't understand how his discussions of glebe lands, dueling, etc., fit under the theme of the title.
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Journey back in time. Sad, refreshing and enlightening. F
An informative reas for anyone interested in the history of education.
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Alan Shaw Taylor is a historian specializing in early American history. He is the author of a number of books about colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Early American Republic. He has won a Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize for his work.

Taylor graduated from Colby College, in Waterville, Maine, in 1977 and earned his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1986. Currently a professor
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