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The Resource Thomas Jefferson : author of America, Christopher Hitchens

Thomas Jefferson : author of America, Christopher Hitchens

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Thomas Jefferson : author of America
Title
Thomas Jefferson
Title remainder
author of America
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Hitchens
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father. Situating Jefferson within the context of America's evolution and tracing his legacy over the past two hundred years, Hitchens brings the character of Jefferson to life as a man of his time and also as a symbolic figure beyond it
  • Conflicted by power, Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and acted as Minister to France yet yearned for a quieter career in the Virginia legislature. Predicting that slavery would shape the future of America's development, this professed proponent of emancipation elided the issue in the Declaration and continued to own human property. An eloquent writer, he was an awkward public speaker; a reluctant candidate, he left an indelible presidential legacy
  • Jefferson's statesmanship enabled him to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase with France, doubling the size of the nation, and he authorized the Lewis and Clark expedition, opening up the American frontier for exploration and settlement. Hitchens also analyzes Jefferson's handling of the Barbary War, a lesser-known chapter of his political career, when his attempt to end the kidnapping and bribery of Americans by the Barbary states, and the subsequent war with Tripoli, led to the building of the U.S. navy and the fortification of America's reputation regarding national defense
  • In the background of this sophisticated analysis is a large historical drama: the fledgling nation's struggle for independence, formed in the crucible of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, and, in its shadow, the deformation of that struggle in the excesses of the French Revolution. This artful portrait of a formative figure and a turbulent era poses a challenge to anyone interested in American history-or in the ambiguities of human nature
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
GEC
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Eminent lives
Label
Thomas Jefferson : author of America, Christopher Hitchens
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 53
  • Chapter 4
  • Interregnum
  • 67
  • Chapter 5
  • Secretary of State
  • 75
  • Chapter 6
  • In Waiting
  • 103
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 7
  • Mr. President
  • 125
  • Chapter 8
  • Disappointment: The Second Term
  • 155
  • Chapter 9
  • Declining Years
  • 171
  • All Politics Is Local: Virginia to Philadelphia
  • 7
  • Chapter 2
  • War and Revolution in Virginia
  • 33
  • Chapter 3
  • Revolution in France (and a Meeting with Sally)
Control code
ocm60525341
Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 188 pages
Isbn
9780060598969
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Thomas Jefferson : author of America, Christopher Hitchens
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 53
  • Chapter 4
  • Interregnum
  • 67
  • Chapter 5
  • Secretary of State
  • 75
  • Chapter 6
  • In Waiting
  • 103
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 7
  • Mr. President
  • 125
  • Chapter 8
  • Disappointment: The Second Term
  • 155
  • Chapter 9
  • Declining Years
  • 171
  • All Politics Is Local: Virginia to Philadelphia
  • 7
  • Chapter 2
  • War and Revolution in Virginia
  • 33
  • Chapter 3
  • Revolution in France (and a Meeting with Sally)
Control code
ocm60525341
Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 188 pages
Isbn
9780060598969
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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