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Thomas Jefferson (2003)

by Joyce Appleby

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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 concentrating on Jefferson's philosophies of society and government, but given the nature of the man, it's difficult not to. In terms of the Jefferson administration, she analyzes his successful attempt to undo the Federalist template of government and bureaucracy as well as his attempts at a balanced foreign policy at a time of world war. However, her main concern is to reconcile Jefferson's philosophy of equality for all with how little he accomplished, or even seemed to try and accomplish, to advance the status of such groups as slaves, women, and Indians. She's a friendly guide who asks more questions than she dictates answers to, and the book is pleasant, informative, and thought-provoking. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Apr 30, 2015 |
The American Presidents Series: The 3rd President, 1801-1809.
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 ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 20, 2015 |
Of the books in this series that I have read to date, this is by far the weakest. To tell the truth, I could not finish it. The author does not present Jefferson as he was, a man exceptional in both his merits and his flaws, but as the perfect human. In fact, after about fifty pages, I began to wonder if the book was going to end with an account of Jefferson's rising from the dead after three days. I highly recommend the American Presidents series as a whole, but you should buy this one only if you wish to complete your collection. It should not be relied on as a description of a real man.
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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. ( )
  DireWeevil | Aug 13, 2006 |
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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 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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An analysis of the political career of Thomas Jefferson considers his role as the originator of many founding principles of American democracy, efforts for minimalist leadership, mandates for free public education and the separation of church and state, and contributions to national development.… (more)

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