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Amelioration and Empire

Progress and Slavery in the Plantation Americas

Dierksheide, Christa

Christa Dierksheide argues that "enlightened" slaveowners in the British Caribbean and the American South, neither backward reactionaries nor freedom-loving hypocrites, thought...


Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy
Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy

Founding West Point

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Why did Thomas Jefferson, who claimed to abhor war and fear standing armies, in 1802 establish the United States Military Academy? For more than two centuries this question has...


Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson

Reputation and Legacy

Cogliano, Francis D.

In his probing new study, Francis Cogliano focuses on Thomas Jefferson’s relation to history, both as the context in which he lived, and as something he made considerable, and...


Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson

History, Memory, and Civic Culture

Taylor, Jan Ellen, Onuf, Peter S.

The publication of DNA test results showing that Thomas Jefferson was probably the father of one of his slave Sally Hemings's children has sparked a broad but often superficial...


Jefferson's Body
Jefferson's Body

A Corporeal Biography

Valsania, Maurizio

What did Thomas Jefferson look like? How did he carry himself? Such questions, reasonable to ask as we look back on a person who lived in an era before photography, are the...


The Limits of Optimism
The Limits of Optimism

Thomas Jefferson's Dualistic Enlightenment

Valsania, Maurizio

The Limits of Optimism works to dispel persistent notions about Jefferson’s allegedly paradoxical and sphinx-like quality. Maurizio Valsania shows that Jefferson’s...


The Queen of America
The Queen of America

Mary Cutts's Life of Dolley Madison

Cutts, Mary, Allgor, Catherine

For biographers and fans of Dolley Payne Todd Madison, Mary Cutts's memoir of her famous aunt has been indispensable. Because Madison left behind no account of her life, the...


"Those Who Labor for My Happiness"
"Those Who Labor for My Happiness"

Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Stanton, Lucia C.

Our perception of life at Monticello has changed dramatically over the past quarter century. The image of an estate presided over by a benevolent Thomas Jefferson has given way...


Tom Paine's America
Tom Paine's America

The Rise and Fall of Transatlantic Radicalism in the Early Republic

Cotlar, Seth

Tom Paine’s America explores the vibrant, transatlantic traffic in people, ideas, and texts that profoundly shaped American political debate in the 1790s. In 1789, when...


Confounding Father
Confounding Father

Thomas Jefferson's Image in His Own Time

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Of all the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson stood out as the most controversial and confounding. Loved and hated, revered and reviled, during his lifetime he served as a...


Cosmopolitan Patriots
Cosmopolitan Patriots

Americans in Paris in the Age of Revolution

Ziesche, Philipp

This truly transnational history reveals the important role of Americans abroad in the Age of Revolution, as well as providing an early example of the limits of American...


Unnatural Rebellion
Unnatural Rebellion

Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution

Chopra, Ruma

Thousands of British American mainland colonists rejected the War for American Independence. Shunning rebel violence as unnecessary, unlawful, and unnatural, they emphasized...


The Revolution of 1800
The Revolution of 1800

Democracy, Race, and the New Republic

Horn, James J., Taylor, Jan Ellen, Onuf, Peter S.

George W. Bush and Al Gore were by no means the first presidential hopefuls to find themselves embroiled in a hotly contested electoral impasse. Two hundred years earlier,...


Revolutionary Negotiations
Revolutionary Negotiations

Indians, Empires, and Diplomats in the Founding of America

Sadosky, Leonard J.

Revolutionary Negotiations examines early American diplomatic negotiations with both the European powers and the various American Indian nations from the 1740s through...


Rival Visions
Rival Visions

How Jefferson and His Contemporaries Defined the Early American Republic

Gish, Dustin, Bibby, Andrew

The emergence of the early American republic as a new nation on the world stage conjured rival visions in the eyes of leading statesmen at home and attentive observers abroad....


Sons of the Father
Sons of the Father

George Washington and His Protégés

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Whether acting as a military officer or civilian officeholder, George Washington did not possess a reputation for glad handing, easy confidences, or even much warmth. His...


The Work of the Heart
The Work of the Heart

Young Women and Emotion, 1780–1830

Blauvelt, Martha Tomhave

How did young American women construct and express their emotions between 1780 and 1830? Before Oprah and therapy, how did they reconcile society’s demanding and often...


Revolutionary Prophecies
Revolutionary Prophecies

The Founders and America’s Future

McDonald, Robert M. S., Onuf, Peter S.

The America of the early republic was built on an experiment, a hopeful prophecy that would only be fulfilled if an enlightened people could find its way through its past and...


Citizens of a Common Intellectual Homeland
Citizens of a Common Intellectual Homeland

The Transatlantic Origins of American Democracy and Nationhood

Mattes, Armin

Notions of democracy and nationhood constitute the pivotal legacy of the American Revolution, but to understand their development one must move beyond a purely American context...


The Haitian Declaration of Independence
The Haitian Declaration of Independence

Creation, Context, and Legacy

Gaffield, Julia

While the Age of Revolution has long been associated with the French and American Revolutions, increasing attention is being paid to the Haitian Revolution as the third great...


Nature's Man
Nature's Man

Thomas Jefferson's Philosophical Anthropology

Valsania, Maurizio

Although scholars have adequately covered Thomas Jefferson’s general ideas about human nature and race, this is the first book to examine what Maurizio Valsania terms Jefferson...


Jeffersonians in Power
Jeffersonians in Power

The Rhetoric of Opposition Meets the Realities of Governing

Freeman, Joanne B., Neem, Johann N.

In the 1790s, the Jeffersonian Republicans were the party of "no." They opposed attempts to expand the government’s role in society, criticized the Washington administration’s...


Thomas Jefferson, the Classical World, and Early America
Thomas Jefferson, the Classical World, and Early America
Onuf, Peter S., Cole, Nicholas P.

Thomas Jefferson read Latin and Greek authors throughout his life and wrote movingly about his love of the ancient texts, which he thought should be at the core of America's...


Remaking Custom
Remaking Custom

Law and Identity in the Early American Republic

Pearson, Ellen Holmes

History has largely forgotten the writings, both public and private, of early nineteenth-century America’s legal scholars. However, Ellen Holmes Pearson argues that the...


Patriotism and Piety
Patriotism and Piety

Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New American Nation

Den Hartog, Jonathan J.

In Patriotism and Piety, Jonathan Den Hartog argues that the question of how religion would function in American society was decided in the decades after the...


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