Notes on the State of Virginia (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Dec 1, 1998 - History - 368 pages
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Jeffersonís chronicle of the natural, social, and political history of Virginia is at once a scientific discourse, an attempt to define America, and a brilliant examination of the idea of freedom.
  

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Review: Notes on the State of Virginia

User Review  - Tom Wiebe - Goodreads

Jefferson's only book, an answer to French inquiries regarding Virginia while our allies during the Revolutionary War. Reluctantly published by Jefferson first in France. While showing the amazing ... Read full review

Review: Notes on the State of Virginia

User Review  - Gary Neidhardt - Goodreads

The book is superb for the time it was written. An outstanding example of a great American. Read full review

Contents

NOTES ON THESTATE OF VIRGINIA
INTRODUCTION
A NOTE ON THE TEXT
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA
QUERY I
QUERY II
QUERY III
QUERY XX
QUERY XXI
QUERY XXII
QUERY XXIII201
APPENDIX NO I
APPENDIX NO II
I Legislature
Election

QUERY IV
QUERY V
Madisons cave
Blowing cave
Natural bridge
QUERY VI
Lead
Copper
Black lead
Precious stones
Marble
Limestone
Stone
Earths
Nitre
Salt
Medicinal springs
Burning spring
Syphon fountains
Vegetables
Animals
BIRDS OF VIRGINIA
QUERY VII
QUERY VIII
QUERY IX
QUERY X
QUERY XI
QUERY XII
QUERY XIII
QUERY XIV
QUERY XV
QUERY XVI
QUERY XVII
QUERY XVIII
QUERY XIX
Senate
Electors
General assembly
Quorum
Privileges
Exclusions
Vacancies
II Executive Governor
Council of state
President
III Judiciary
IV Council of Revision
Confederacy
Delegates to Congress
Military
APPENDIX NO III
APPENDIX NO IV
LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS
2 JEFFERSON TO THE MARQUIS DE CHASTELLU X JUNE 7 1785 2
3 PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION TO LAFAYETTE4
4 DR RICHARD PRICE5 TO JEFFERSON JULY 2 1785
5 BENJAMIN BANNEKER8 TO JEFFERSON AUGUST 19 1791
6 JEFFERSON TO BENJAMIN BANNEKER AUGUST 30 17919
7 JEFFERSON TO MARQUIS DE CONDORCET10AUGUST 30 1791
JEFFERSON TO JAMES MONROE11 NOVEMBER 24 1801
9 JEFFERSON TO JOEL BARLOW13 OCTOBER 8 1809
10 JEFFERSON TO JOHN ADAMS JUNE 11 181217
11 JEFFERSON TO EDWARD COLES21 AUGUST 25 1814
EXPLANATORY AND TEXTUAL NOTES
NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA
APPENDICES
LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS
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About the author (1998)

Thomas Jefferson was born in Virginia in 1743 into a wealthy and socially prominent family. After attending the College of William and Mary, he went on to study law. At the age of twenty-six, Jefferson began building Monticello. Three years later, in 1772, he married Martha Wayles Skelton. The couple had six children, two of whom survived to adulthood. Considered elequent in his writing, although not as his speech, Jefferson took on much of the writing needed by the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress, both of which he was a member. In 1776, at the young age of 33, Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. From 1779 to 1781, Jefferson served as Governor of Virginia. Jefferson temporarily retired from public life after his term as governor, returning to public life in 1784 as a diplomat serving in France. In 1790, Jefferson was appointed Secretary of State in President Washington's Cabinet, but resigned in 1793 over a disagreement with Alexander Hamilton. As political disagreements continued to polarize the young government, Jefferson found himself leading those who sympathized with the revolutionary cause in France. In 1800, Jefferson was elected President in a tie vote that ironically was decided by Alexander Hamilton. In 1809, after two terms as President, Jefferson returned to his home in Monticello, where he developed, among other projects, plans for the University of Virginia. In addition, he sold his collection of books to the government to form the basis of the Library of Congress. Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826.

Frank Shuffelton is Professor of English at the University of Rochester, New York.

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