Jefferson: Political Writings

Jefferson: Political Writings

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Thomas Jefferson is among the most important and controversial of American political thinkers: his influence (libertarian, democratic, participatory, and agrarian-republican) is still felt today. A prolific writer, Jefferson left 18,000 letters, Notes on the State of Virginia, an Autobiography, and numerous other papers. Joyce Appleby and Terence Ball have selected the most important of these for presentation in the Cambridge Texts series: Jefferson's views on topics such as revolution, self-government, the role of women and African-American and Native Americans emerge to give a fascinating insight into a man who owned slaves, yet advocated the abolition of slavery. The texts are supported by a concise introduction, suggestions for further reading and short biographies of key figures, all providing invaluable assistance to the student encountering the breadth and richness of Jefferson's thought for the first time.show more

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Preface; Introduction; Chronology; Biographical synopses; A note on sources; Bibliographical note; 1. A private man in public life; 2. Natural law, natural right and revolution; 3. Self-government; 4. Moral sense, civic education and freedom of the press; 5. The Constitutions of Virginia and France; 6. The US Constitution; 7. Religious liberty and toleration; 8. Political parties; 9. Race and slavery; 10. Native Americans; 11. Women (not) in politics; 12. Law of Nations; 13. Innovation and progress; 14. Relations between generations; Appendices; Index.show more

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