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Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty

Dumas Malone

BUY Paper · 545 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813923635 · $19.95 · May 2006

Dumas Malone’s classic six-volume biography Jefferson and His Time was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history and became the standard work on Jefferson’s life.

Volume 3. Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty

Beginning with Jefferson’s final year of service as secretary of state in Washington’s cabinet, this volume takes on one of the most significant and controversial years in Jefferson’s life and indeed in modern Western history, while also exploring Jefferson’s retirement to Monticello, his decision to lead the opposition party, and his own election as president in 1801.


Not only has Mr. Malone mastered the vast body of Jefferson’s correspondence and the writings of his contemporaries, but he has fully explored the wealth of monographic material devoted to this epoch.... Throughout the book there is a sense of proportion and balance which might well be called classic.

Harry Ammon · Virginia Magazine

About the Author(s): 

Dumas Malone, 1892–1986, spent thirty-eight years researching and writing Jefferson and His Time. In 1975 he received the Pulitzer Prize in history for the first five volumes. From 1923 to 1929 he taught at the University of Virginia; he left there to join the Dictionary of American Biography, bringing that work to completion as editor-in-chief. Subsequently, he served for seven years as director of the Harvard University Press. After serving on the faculties of Yale and Columbia, Malone retired to the University of Virginia in 1959 as the Jefferson Foundation Professor of History, a position he held until his retirement in 1962. He remained at the university as biographer-in-residence and finished his Jefferson biography at the University of Virginia, where it was begun.

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