Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power

Thomas Jefferson  The Art of Power

Hatzenbuehler, Ronald L. “Growing Weary in Well-Doing. Thomas Jefferson's Life Among the Virginia Gentry." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography ioi (January 1993): 5–36. Hickey, Donald R. “America's Response to the Slave Revolt in ...

Author: Jon Meacham

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679645368

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly • The Seattle Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Bloomberg Businessweek In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power. Thomas Jefferson hated confrontation, and yet his understanding of power and of human nature enabled him to move men and to marshal ideas, to learn from his mistakes, and to prevail. Passionate about many things—women, his family, books, science, architecture, gardens, friends, Monticello, and Paris—Jefferson loved America most, and he strove over and over again, despite fierce opposition, to realize his vision: the creation, survival, and success of popular government in America. Jon Meacham lets us see Jefferson’s world as Jefferson himself saw it, and to appreciate how Jefferson found the means to endure and win in the face of rife partisan division, economic uncertainty, and external threat. Drawing on archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history. The father of the ideal of individual liberty, of the Louisiana Purchase, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and of the settling of the West, Jefferson recognized that the genius of humanity—and the genius of the new nation—lay in the possibility of progress, of discovering the undiscovered and seeking the unknown. From the writing of the Declaration of Independence to elegant dinners in Paris and in the President’s House; from political maneuverings in the boardinghouses and legislative halls of Philadelphia and New York to the infant capital on the Potomac; from his complicated life at Monticello, his breathtaking house and plantation in Virginia, to the creation of the University of Virginia, Jefferson was central to the age. Here too is the personal Jefferson, a man of appetite, sensuality, and passion. The Jefferson story resonates today not least because he led his nation through ferocious partisanship and cultural warfare amid economic change and external threats, and also because he embodies an eternal drama, the struggle of the leadership of a nation to achieve greatness in a difficult and confounding world. Praise for Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power “This is probably the best single-volume biography of Jefferson ever written.”—Gordon S. Wood “A big, grand, absorbing exploration of not just Jefferson and his role in history but also Jefferson the man, humanized as never before.”—Entertainment Weekly “[Meacham] captures who Jefferson was, not just as a statesman but as a man. . . . By the end of the book . . . the reader is likely to feel as if he is losing a dear friend. . . . [An] absorbing tale.”—The Christian Science Monitor “This terrific book allows us to see the political genius of Thomas Jefferson better than we have ever seen it before. In these endlessly fascinating pages, Jefferson emerges with such vitality that it seems as if he might still be alive today.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (New York: Random House, 2013), p. 71 pg. 41: Young, Ralph F. Dissent in America: 400 Years of Speeches, Sermons, Arguments, Articles, Letters, and Songs That Made a Difference.

Author: Andrew Coddington

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781502619242

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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This founding father was the principal author of the document that would free the United States from Great Britain. He became one of the most influential presidents of the new nation. In this text, Jefferson’s life and his greatest works are examined alongside the important historical events that influenced him. Students will analyze Jefferson’s writings in order to understand their contemporary influence as well as their lasting influence today.
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Thomas Jefferson and Philosophy

Thomas Jefferson and Philosophy

As he wrote to Boston educator George Ticknor in 1817, citizens needed to know that “knolege [sic] is power, that knolege is safety, ... Jon Meacham, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (New York: Random House, 2012), xxvii. 7.

Author: M. Andrew Holowchak

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739180921

Category: Philosophy

Page: 220

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Thomas Jefferson and Philosophy: Essays on the Philosophical Cast of Jefferson’s Writings is a collection of essays on topics that relate to philosophical aspects of Jefferson’s thinking over the years. Much historical insight is given to ground the various philosophical strands in Jefferson’s thought and writing on topics such as political philosophy, moral philosophy, slavery, republicanism, wall of separation, liberty, educational philosophy, and architecture.
Categories: Philosophy

Waging War

Waging War

812–14. almost alone among those working: Jon Meacham, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (New York: Random House, 2012), pp. 389–93. During the campaign for the presidency: David McCullough, John Adams (New York: Simon & Schuster, ...

Author: David J. Barron

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451681970

Category: History

Page: 576

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“Vivid…Barron has given us a rich and detailed history.” —The New York Times Book Review “Ambitious...a deep history and a thoughtful inquiry into how the constitutional system of checks and balances has functioned when it comes to waging war and making peace.” —The Washington Post A timely account of a raging debate: The history of the ongoing struggle between the presidents and Congress over who has the power to declare and wage war. The Constitution states that it is Congress that declares war, but it is the presidents who have more often taken us to war and decided how to wage it. In Waging War, David J. Barron opens with an account of George Washington and the Continental Congress over Washington’s plan to burn New York City before the British invasion. Congress ordered him not to, and he obeyed. Barron takes us through all the wars that followed: 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American war, World Wars One and Two, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and now, most spectacularly, the War on Terror. Congress has criticized George W. Bush for being too aggressive and Barack Obama for not being aggressive enough, but it avoids a vote on the matter. By recounting how our presidents have declared and waged wars, Barron shows that these executives have had to get their way without openly defying Congress. Waging War shows us our country’s revered and colorful presidents at their most trying times—Washington, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Johnson, both Bushes, and Obama. Their wars have made heroes of some and victims of others, but most have proved adept at getting their way over reluctant or hostile Congresses. The next president will face this challenge immediately—and the Constitution and its fragile system of checks and balances will once again be at the forefront of the national debate.
Categories: History

Thomas Jefferson s Lives

Thomas Jefferson s Lives

Dictionary of Virginia Biography, and he is the author or editor of several works on the history of Princeton University. He did his doctoral research in British history under Lawrence Stone at Princeton.

Author: Robert M. S. McDonald

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813942926

Category: History

Page: 344

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Who was the "real" Thomas Jefferson? If this question has an answer, it will probably not be revealed reading the many accounts of his life. For two centuries biographers have provided divergent perspectives on him as a man and conflicting appraisals of his accomplishments. Jefferson was controversial in his own time, and his propensity to polarize continued in the years after his death as biographers battled to control the commanding heights of history. To judge from their depictions, there existed many different Thomas Jeffersons. The essays in this book explore how individual biographers have shaped history—as well as how the interests and preoccupations of the times in which they wrote helped to shape their portrayals of Jefferson. In different eras biographers presented the third president variously as a proponent of individual rights or of majority rule, as a unifier or a fierce partisan, and as a champion of either American nationalism or cosmopolitanism. Conscripted to serve Whigs and Democrats, abolitionists and slaveholders, unionists and secessionists, Populists and Progressives, and seemingly every side of almost every subsequent struggle, the only constant was that Jefferson’s image remained a mirror of Americans’ self-conscious conceptions of their nation’s virtues, values, and vices. Thomas Jefferson’s Lives brings together leading scholars of Jefferson and his era, all of whom embrace the challenge to assess some of the most important and enduring accounts of Jefferson’s life. Contributors:Jon Meacham, presidential historian * Barbara Oberg, Princeton University * J. Jefferson Looney, Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello * Christine Coalwell McDonald, Westchester Community College * Robert M.S. McDonald, United States Military Academy * Andrew Burstein, Louisiana State University * Jan Ellen Lewis, Rutgers University * Richard Samuelson, California State University, San Bernardino * Nancy Isenberg, Louisiana State University * Joanne B. Freeman, Yale University * Brian Steele, University of Alabama at Birmingham * Herbert Sloan, Barnard College * R. B. Bernstein, City College of New York * Francis D. Cogliano, University of Edinburgh * Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University * Gordon S. Wood, Brown University
Categories: History

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson at Monticello (New York, 1993), 146; Jon Meacham, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (New York, 2012), 188. 32. William Howard Adams, The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson (New Haven, Conn., 1997), 48; Andrew Burstein, ...

Author: Thomas S. Kidd

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300250060

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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A revelatory new biography of Thomas Jefferson, focusing on his ethical and spiritual life "Set aside everything you think you know about Thomas Jefferson and religion, and read this book. This is the definitive account. It is well written, well researched, judicious, and entirely convincing."--Timothy Larsen, Wheaton College Thomas Jefferson was arguably the most brilliant and inspiring political writer in American history. But the ethical realities of his personal life and political career did not live up to his soaring rhetoric. Indeed, three tensions defined Jefferson's moral life: democracy versus slavery, republican virtue versus dissolute consumption, and veneration for Jesus versus skepticism about Christianity. In this book Thomas S. Kidd tells the story of Jefferson's ethical life through the lens of these tensions, including an unapologetic focus on the issue where Jefferson's idealistic philosophy and lived reality clashed most obviously: his sexual relationship with his enslaved woman Sally Hemings. In doing so, he offers a unique perspective on one of American history's most studied figures.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Summary Analysis Review of Jon Meacham s Thomas Jefferson by Instaread

Summary  Analysis   Review of Jon Meacham   s Thomas Jefferson by Instaread

between Jefferson and Burr. As president, Jefferson took steps to reduce federal power as he promised he would do. He lowered taxes, reduced military expenditures, ... Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power was first published in 2012.

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Summary, Analysis & Review of Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson by Instaread Preview: Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power is a biography that focuses on Thomas Jefferson’s abilities as a practical politician. Meacham argues that Jefferson was a pragmatist who was willing to adjust his philosophical principles as necessary to preserve the United States. Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743 to Peter Jefferson, a wealthy, influential Virginia planter, and Jane Randolph, also of an influential Virginia family. Jefferson’s father died when he was 14. At 16, Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary, where he cultivated the intellectual curiosity and the interest in philosophy that he retained his entire life. He was particularly influenced by George Wythe, who taught him law and helped to inspire Jefferson’s wide reading and his taste for luxuries. Jefferson was admitted to the bar in 1767. He became a delegate to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769. In 1768, he began work on Monticello… PLEASE NOTE: This is a Summary, Analysis & Review of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Summary, Analysis & Review of Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson by Instaread · Summary of the Book · Important People · Character Analysis · Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience. Visit our website at
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The Papers of Thomas Jefferson Volume 45

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson  Volume 45

11 November 1804 to 8 March 1805 Thomas Jefferson James P. McClure ... [New York, 1890], 1:1; Malone, Jefferson, 5:3; Meacham, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power [New York, 2012], 408; Jeremy D. Bailey, Thomas Jefferson ...

Author: Thomas Jefferson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691212005

Category: History

Page: 864

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A definitive scholarly edition of the correspondence and papers of Thomas Jefferson This volume opens soon after the start of the second session of the Eighth Congress and ends a few days after the session closes. During the period, Jefferson receives twice as many documents as he writes. He sits for portraits by Charles Févret de Saint-Mémin and Rembrandt Peale. The nation endures an extreme winter. William Dunbar begins to send information from the exploration of the Ouachita River. Acts of Congress create new territories and give Orleans Territory an assembly and a path to statehood. The Senate ratifies a treaty to acquire an estimated 50 million acres of land from the Sac and Fox tribes. Levi Lincoln resigns, Robert Smith asks to succeed him as attorney general, and Jefferson seeks a new secretary of the navy. Jefferson and vice-presidential candidate George Clinton receive 162 electoral ballots against 14 for their opponents, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Rufus King. Napoleon is crowned emperor of the French, and Spain declares war on Great Britain. The Senate acquits Samuel Chase of eight articles of impeachment. Jefferson prepares his inaugural address and is sworn into office for his second term on 4 March. He refuses to consider serving a third term.
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Architecture s Appeal

Architecture s Appeal

50 John Meacham, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (New York: Random House, 2012), 469; and Wills, Mr. Jefferson's University, 199, 131–132. 51 Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Caspar Wistar, June 21, 1807, in Peterson, Jefferson: Writings, ...

Author: Marc J. Neveu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317688921

Category: Architecture

Page: 330

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This collection of previously unpublished essays from a diverse range of well-known scholars and architects builds on the architectural tradition of phenomenological hermeneutics as developed by Dalibor Veseley and Joseph Rykwert and carried on by David Leatherbarrow, Peter Carl and Alberto Pérez-Gómez. Taking an interdisciplinary approach and drawing on ideas from beyond the architectural canon, contributors including Kenneth Frampton, David Leatherbarrow, Juhani Pallasmaa, Karsten Harries, Steven Holl, Indra Kagis McEwen, Paul Emmons, and Louise Pelletier offer new insights and perspectives on questions such as the following: Given the recent fascination with all things digital and novel, what is the role of history and theory in contemporary architectural praxis? Is authentic meaning possible in a technological environment that is so global and interconnected? What is the nature and role of the architect in our shared modern world? How can these questions inform a new model of architectural praxis? Architecture's Appeal is a thought-provoking book which will inspire further scholarly inquiry and act as a basis for discussion in the wider field as well as graduate seminars in architectural theory and history.
Categories: Architecture

Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings

Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings

I found two biographies especially useful: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham, and Master of the Mountain, by Henry Wiencek—a pair of books that could hardly have diverged more radically in their portrayal of their ...

Author: Stephen O'Connor

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698410336

Category: Fiction

Page: 624

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“Dazzling. . . The most revolutionary reimagining of Jefferson’s life ever.” –Ron Charles, Washington Post Winner of the Crook’s Corner Book Prize Longlisted for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize A debut novel about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, in whose story the conflict between the American ideal of equality and the realities of slavery and racism played out in the most tragic of terms. Novels such as Toni Morrison’s Beloved, The Known World by Edward P. Jones, James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird and Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks are a part of a long tradition of American fiction that plumbs the moral and human costs of history in ways that nonfiction simply can't. Now Stephen O’Connor joins this company with a profoundly original exploration of the many ways that the institution of slavery warped the human soul, as seen through the story of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. O’Connor’s protagonists are rendered via scrupulously researched scenes of their lives in Paris and at Monticello that alternate with a harrowing memoir written by Hemings after Jefferson’s death, as well as with dreamlike sequences in which Jefferson watches a movie about his life, Hemings fabricates an "invention" that becomes the whole world, and they run into each other "after an unimaginable length of time" on the New York City subway. O'Connor is unsparing in his rendition of the hypocrisy of the Founding Father and slaveholder who wrote "all men are created equal,” while enabling Hemings to tell her story in a way history has not allowed her to. His important and beautifully written novel is a deep moral reckoning, a story about the search for justice, freedom and an ideal world—and about the survival of hope even in the midst of catastrophe.
Categories: Fiction