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Jeffersonian America

This series aims to illuminate the American republic’s formative decades by publishing the best new scholarship in the field. Younger and established scholars address the critical social, cultural, and political issues that faced the founding generations as they sought to establish a nation.

Series Editors: Charlene M. Boyer Lewis, Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf, Andrew J. O’Shaughnessy, Robert G. Parkinson
UVP Editor: Nadine Zimmerli


The Revolution of 1800
Democracy, Race, and the New Republic James J. Horn, Jan Ellen Lewis, and Peter S. Onuf, eds.

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, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams endured arguably the most controversial and consequential election in American history.... More


Principle and Interest
Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt Herbert E. Sloan

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 life and political career, and in the formation of republican ideology. As party leader in the 1790s, and later as... More


Jefferson's Empire
The Language of American Nationhood Peter S. Onuf

Thomas Jefferson believed that the American revolution was a transformative moment in the history of political civilization. He hoped that his own efforts as a founding statesman and theorist would help construct a progressive and enlightened order for the new American nation that would be a model... More


Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson
History, Memory, and Civic Culture Jan Ellen Lewis and Peter S. Onuf, eds.

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 debate. The editors of this volume have assembled some of the most distinguished American historians, including three... More


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