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The Jefferson Image in the American Mind (Paperback)
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The Jefferson Image in the American Mind (Paperback)

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Paperback 560 Pages / Published: 30/11/1998
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Since its publication in 1960, The Jefferson Image in the American Mind has become a classic of historical scholarship. In it Merrill D. Peterson charts Thomas Jefferson's influence upon American thought and imagination since his death in 1826. Peterson shows how the public attitude toward Jefferson has always paralleled the political climate of the time; the complexities of the man, his thoughts, and his deeds being viewed only in fragments by later generations. He explains how the ideas of Jefferson have been distorted, defended, pilloried, or used by virtually every leading politician, historian, and intellectual. Through most of our history, political parties have engaged in an ideological tug-of-war to see who would wear "the mantle of Jefferson."

Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813918518
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 839 g
Dimensions: 204 x 133 x 34 mm


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A 'must' for all students of Thomas Jefferson.


A brilliant, original study of Jefferson's psthumous reputation and of its influence on American political thought from the 1820s through the 1930s.

--The New Yorker

A valuable book, a storehouse of information, on when and why Jefferson's reputation rose and fell, and phoenix-like rose again.

--The Nation

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