Thomas Jefferson and American Nationhood
This book emphasizes the centrality of nationhood to Thomas Jefferson's thought and politics, envisioning Jefferson as a cultural nationalist whose political project sought the alignment of the American state system with the will and character of the nation. Jefferson believed that America was the one nation on earth able to realize in practice universal ideals to which other peoples could only aspire. He appears in the book as the essential narrator of what he once called the "American Story": as the historian, the sociologist, and the ethnographer; the political theorist of the nation; the most successful practitioner of its politics; and its most enthusiastic champion. The book argues that reorienting Jefferson around the concept of American nationhood recovers an otherwise easily missed coherence to his political career and helps make sense of a number of conundrums in his thought and practice.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Abigail Adams Adams’s American Revolution artiﬁcial assertion August authority British Chapel Hill character Charlottesville citizens civil claims colonies compact compact theory conﬁdence Congress Constitution cultivation cultural December Declaration democratic domestic Empire European February federal Federalists ﬁnd ﬁrst France French French Revolution gender George Wythe Hamilton historians History ibid Independence Indians inﬂuence James Madison James Monroe January Jefferson and Madison Jefferson argued Jefferson believed Jefferson suggested Jefferson told Jefferson wrote Jeffersonian John Adams June June 12 Kentucky Resolutions later Lé'B Legacy legislature liberty March natural aristocracy natural right never Notes nulliﬁcation numbers ofthe Onuf political precisely principles public opinion reﬂections republican Revolutionary Sally Hemings sense Shays’s signiﬁcant slavery society sovereignty spirit Summary View Thomas Jefferson tion TJ to James TJ to John TJ to Madison TJ to William Union United Virginia Washington William Short Wilson Cary Nicholas women York