Thomas Jefferson: The American Presidents Series: The 3rd President, 1801-1809

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Times Books, Nov 5, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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An illuminating analysis of the man whose name is synonymous with American democracy

Few presidents have embodied the American spirit as fully as Thomas Jefferson. He was the originator of so many of the founding principles of American democracy. Politically, he shuffled off the centralized authority of the Federalists, working toward a more diffuse and minimalist leadership. He introduced the bills separating church and state and mandating free public education. He departed from the strict etiquette of his European counterparts, appearing at state dinners in casual attire and dispensing with hierarchical seating arrangements. Jefferson initiated the Lewis and Clark expedition and seized on the crucial moment when Napoleon decided to sell the Louisiana Territory, thus extending the national development. In this compelling examination, distinguished historian Joyce Appleby captures all of the richness of Jefferson's character and accomplishments.

 

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Review: Thomas Jefferson (The American Presidents #3)

User Review  - Biographyguy - Goodreads

I learned more about the man Thomas Jefferson from David McCullough's biography on John Adams than I did from this volume. It's not a bad piece of work, but it is also not a good piece of work. Read full review

Review: Thomas Jefferson (The American Presidents #3)

User Review  - Dave Mcmahon - Goodreads

Appleby's Thomas Jefferson is a moderately interesting book. The author seems not to create a powerful narrative about the life of Jefferson, brushing up on secondary themes but without adressing in ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
1 A Pivotal Election
7
2 Defining His Presidency
31
3 Interpreting the Constitution in a Republican Fashion
53
4 A Painful Reelection
72
5 Contest for the West
92
6 Foreign Policy Proves a Quagmire
111
7 Coming to Terms with Thomas Jefferson
132
Epilogue
151
Notes
159
Milestones
167
Note on Sources
169
Selected Bibliography
171
Index
175
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About the author (2013)

Joyce Appleby is a professor of history at UCLA. Specializing in the study of early America, she is the author of Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans and Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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