Principle and Interest

Principle and Interest : Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt

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This major new work looks at what debt meant to Thomas Jefferson and how that affected his political career and the early history of the American Republic. Sloan argues that Jefferson was always obsessed by debt: in the public sphere because he felt that it robbed people of their independence, and in the private because he was dogged by debt throughout his life. The book depicts Jefferson as a typical representative of the Virginia gentry, subject to debt during this period, but also as a tireless warrior against public debt, first as governor of Virginia and later as President of the United States. Sloan also discusses the role of debt in the American Revolution and Jefferson's vision of political power as the means of redressing economic power that he felt was in the hands of creditors.show more

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  • Hardback | 386 pages
  • 167.64 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 703.06g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019505878X
  • 9780195058789

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"An important book yielding new insights into the thought and career of Thomas Jefferson."--Choice"The most impressively original and beguilingly stylish interpretation of Jefferson's ideological obsessions since Winthrop Jordan's White Over Black."--Reviews in American History"With nuance and subtlety, Sloan presents a convincing picture of Jefferson that skillfully blends divergent elements in recent historiography...This study is first-rate scholarship and merits wide circulation...we are truly indebted to Sloan."--American Historical Reiew"Specialists will find the book a useful addition to our understanding of the "Jeffersonian persuasion.""--The Journal of American History..".six well-conceived, impeccably researched chapters, accompanied by two appendices and extensive, informative notes..."--Journal of the Early Republicshow more

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