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Biography of Thomas Jefferson: The 5 Books All Presidential Historians Should Read

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 12:49 PM

From his designation as the “Sage of Monticello” to a figure reviled during the Civil War era for his states-rights stance to his invocation at every turn in modern-day politics, President Thomas Jefferson has cast a long shadow over history.

Here are five books examining in detail the influence of the contradictory genius on American history, life, and thought:

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1. “Jefferson and his Time,” a six-volume biography written over 30 years by Dumas Malone, tops many lists of scholarly works about Jefferson. Individual books examine his life as a Virginian, his attitude toward human rights, the birth of the nation, each of his two terms as president, and his elder-statesman years as “The Sage of Monticello.”

2. “Thomas Jefferson: Writings” is a collection of Jefferson’s own essays, letters, private papers — including “Notes on the State of Virginia” and the original and revised drafts of the Declaration of Independence. “Writings” was compiled by Jefferson scholar Merrill D. Peterson, who has not only written and edited his own works on Jefferson but has been a consultant or contributor to other collections.

3. “The Adams-Jefferson Letters,” edited by Lester J. Cappon, is a window into what Amazon.com calls “an intellectual dialogue of the highest plane achieved in America.” Over the course of 50 years, starting during the First Continental Congress and lasting through political enmity and finally renewed respect and friendship, Thomas Jefferson and John and Abigail Adams exchanged notes on everything from government to family to the minutiae of daily life.

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4. “The Jefferson Image in the American Mind,” by Merrill D. Peterson, explores the changing picture of Thomas Jefferson held by history as times and attitudes changed in the United States. Originally written in 1960, the book contains in its latest edition new introductory material by Peterson reflecting on Jefferson’s influence in late 199Os politics and popular culture.

5. “Jeffersonian Legacies” is a collection of scholarly essays read at a conference and published to mark Jefferson’s 250th birthday in 1993. Edited by by Peter S. Onuf, author and emeritus professor of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation at the University of Virginia, the essays examine Jefferson’s rising and falling reputation throughout American history, from the low point during the Civil War era to the present-day invocation of his name at every turn.

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