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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...


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...


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...


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...


Religious Freedom
Religious Freedom

Jefferson’s Legacy, America's Creed

Ragosta, John A.

For over one hundred years, Thomas Jefferson and his Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom have stood at the center of our understanding of religious liberty and the First...


Thomas Jefferson's Lives
Thomas Jefferson's Lives

Biographers and the Battle for History

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Who was the "real" Thomas Jefferson? If this question has an answer, it will probably not be revealed reading the many accounts of his life. For two centuries biographers have...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


"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...


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...


Old World, New World
Old World, New World

America and Europe in the Age of Jefferson

Sadosky, Leonard J., Nicolaisen, Peter, Onuf, Peter S., O’Shaughnessy, Andrew J.

Old World, New World: America and Europe in the Age of Jefferson grew out of workshops in Salzburg and Charlottesville sponsored by Monticello’s International Center...


Era of Experimentation
Era of Experimentation

American Political Practices in the Early Republic

Peart, Daniel

In Era of Experimentation, Daniel Peart challenges the pervasive assumption that the present-day political system, organized around two competing parties, represents the...


Unfinished Revolution
Unfinished Revolution

The Early American Republic in a British World

Haynes, Sam W.

After the War of 1812 the United States remained a cultural and economic satellite of the world’s most powerful empire. Though political independence had been won, John Bull...


Distant Revolutions
Distant Revolutions

1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism

Roberts, Timothy Mason

Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism is a study of American politics, culture, and foreign relations in the mid-nineteenth century,...


Thomas Jefferson, Time, and History
Thomas Jefferson, Time, and History
Spahn, Hannah

Beginning with the famous opening to the Declaration of Independence ("When in the course of human events..."), almost all of Thomas Jefferson’s writings include creative,...


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...


Pulpit and Nation
Pulpit and Nation

Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America

McBride, Spencer W.

In Pulpit and Nation, Spencer McBride highlights the importance of Protestant clergymen in early American political culture, elucidating the actual role of religion in...


Principle and Interest
Principle and Interest

Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt

Sloan, Herbert E.

In this acclaimed work, available here for the first time in paperback, Herbert E. Sloan examines Thomas Jefferson's complex and obsessive relationship to debt—its roles in his...


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...


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...


Mongrel Nation
Mongrel Nation

The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings

Walker, Clarence E.

The debate over the affair between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings rarely rises above the question of "Did they or didn’t they?" But lost in the argument over the existence...


The Founding of Thomas Jefferson's University
The Founding of Thomas Jefferson's University
Ragosta, John A., Onuf, Peter S., O’Shaughnessy, Andrew J.

Established in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia was known as "The University" throughout the South for most of the nineteenth century, and today it stands...


Collegiate Republic
Collegiate Republic

Cultivating an Ideal Society in Early America

Sumner, Margaret

Collegiate Republic offers a compellingly different view of the first generation of college communities founded after the American Revolution. Such histories have...


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