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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Being an insightful look at some of the major themes of Thomas Jefferson's career and thought. Since this series is supposed to be about presidential administrations, she's off the rez a little in ... Read full review

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Could not get past the 22nd page. Started to read after finishing "John Adams" by David McCullough. Either Mr. McCullough has spoiled me or the book is simply dry. 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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Joyce Appleby (1929-2016) was the professor emerita, University of California, Los Angeles, and was president of both the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association. Specializing in the study of early America, she is the author of Thomas Jefferson: The American Presidents Series: The 3rd President, 1801-1809, The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism and Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination.

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