Most Blessed of the Patriarchs

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs EPUB Most Blessed Of The Patriarchs Annette Gordon Reed Freeboooks.com Thomas Jefferson Is Often Portrayed As A Hopelessly Enigmatic Figure A Riddle A Man So Riven With Contradictions That He Is Almost Impossible To Know Lauded As The Most Articulate Voice Of American Freedom And Equality, Even As He Held People Including His Own Family In Bondage, Jefferson Is Variably Described As A Hypocrite, An Atheist, Or A Simple Minded Proponent Of Limited Government Who Expected All Americans To Be Farmers Forever.Now, Annette Gordon Reed Teams Up With America S Leading Jefferson Scholar, Peter S Onuf, To Present An Absorbing And Revealing Character Study That Dispels The Many Clich S That Have Accrued Over The Years About Our Third President Challenging The Widely Prevalent Belief That Jefferson Remains So Opaque As To Be Unknowable, The Authors Through Their Careful Analysis, Painstaking Research, And Vivid Prose Create A Portrait Of Jefferson, As He Might Have Painted Himself, One Comprised Of Equal Parts Sun And Shadow Jane Kamensky.Tracing Jefferson S Philosophical Development From Youth To Old Age, The Authors Explore What They Call The Empire Of Jefferson S Imagination An Expansive State Of Mind Born Of His Origins In A Slave Society, His Intellectual Influences, And The Vaulting Ambition That Propelled Him Into Public Life As A Modern Avatar Of The Enlightenment Who, At The Same Time, Likened Himself To A Figure Of Old The Most Blessed Of The Patriarchs Indeed, Jefferson Saw Himself As A Patriarch, Not Just To His Country And Mountain Like Home At Monticello But Also To His Family, The White Half That He Loved So Publicly, As Well As To The Black Side That He Claimed To Love, A Contradiction Of Extraordinary Historical Magnitude.Divided Into Three Sections, Most Blessed Of The Patriarchs Reveals A Striking Personal Dimension To His Life Part I, Patriarch, Explores Jeffersons S Origins In Virgina Part II, Traveller, Covers His Five Year Sojourn To Paris And Part III, Enthusiast, Delves Insightfully Into The Virginian S Views On Christianity, Slavery, And Race We See Not Just His Ideas And Vision Of America But Come To Know Him In An Almost Familial Way, Such As Through The Importance Of Music In His Life Most Blessed Of The Patriarchs Fundamentally Challenges Much Of What We Ve Come To Accept About Jefferson, Neither Hypocrite Nor Saint, Atheist Nor Fundamentalist Gordon Reed And Onuf, Through A Close Reading Of Jefferson S Own Words, Reintroduce Us All To Our Most Influential Founding Father A Man Gifted Than Most, But Complicated In Just The Ways We All Are.

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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Most Blessed of the Patriarchs
  • Annette Gordon-Reed
  • English
  • 21 March 2017
  • 0871404427

10 thoughts on “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs

  1. says:

    In 1776 when Thomas Jefferson wrote all men are created equal he owned over 200 slaves Later, as a widower and US Minister to France, he began his relationship with Sally Hemings, his wife s half sister, who was enslaved by him With his wife he had 2 children who lived to adulthood and with Hemings he had 6 children, 4 who lived to adulthood Members of the two families lived together at Monticello at various times over many years How did he feel about his families and these contradictions In 1776 when Thomas Jefferson wrote all men are created equal he owned over 200 slaves Later, as a widower and US Minister to France, he began his relationshi...

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    Unlike most books about Jefferson, this book is not a straightforward biography of the man and the set of circumstances that led to his authorship of the Declaration of Independence and the events of his presidency, nor does it intend to indict Jefferson for his inconsistencies over slavery In fact, Gordon Reed, who won a Pulitzer for her definitive case uncovering the children fathered by Jefferson with Sally Hemings, and Onuf, a leading Jeffersonian scholar, have written a book that analyzes Unlike most books about Jefferson, this book is not a straightforward biography of the man and the set of circumstances that led to his authorship of the Declaration of Independence and the events of his presidency, nor does it intend to indict Jefferson for his inconsistencies over slavery In fact, Gordon Reed, who won a Pulitzer for her definitive case uncovering the children fathered by Jefferson with Sally Hemings, and Onuf, a leading Jeffersonian scholar, have written a book that analyzes and rescues the terms patriarchy and empire from their pejorative se...

  3. says:

    Let us count the ways in which thou art blessed For Thomas Jefferson, this injunction could take all night For the book Most Blessed of the Patriarchs Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination it is unfortunately a much shorter task.Thomas Jefferson is a charming and contradictory figure An American Sphinx as one biographer described I ve probably read a half dozen books on Jefferson over the years in a bid to understand him such that this task is ever possible So I was excited Let us count the ways in which thou art blessed For Thomas Jefferson, this injunction could take all night For the book Most Blessed of the Patriarchs Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination it is unfortunately a much shorter task.Thomas Jefferson is a charming and contradictory figure An American Sphinx as one biographer described I ve probably read a half dozen books on Jefferson over the years in a bid to understand him such that this task is ever possible So I was excited to get a copy of this book, given the reputation of the authors and the advanced praise for this book.What I find most interesting about Jefferson is clearly not what the authors do To me, he is a man of philosophy, prose and politics All three are occasionally illuminated through this book s lenses as his role as a patriarch This book brings together the latest research on Jefferson, showin...

  4. says:

    Book 13 of 40 for 2016Thomas Jefferson is our Founding Father who is and will always be to history a riddle wrapped in enigma The slave owner who proclaimed We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness In Most Blessed of Patriarchs Gordon Reed and Onuf attempt to unwrap the enigma that is Thomas Jefferson Be warned if your looking Book 13 of 40 for 2016Thomas Jefferson ...

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    I won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program.Interesting engaging read about Thomas Jefferson I wouldn t really class this as a biography,a personality sketch well researched This is not chronological or comprehensive, but rather categorical portraits of Jefferson If you are not well versed in the basics of Jefferson you will not get them here Instead you find chapters on Jefferson away from home and Jefferson and music You get a sense of the man using a wide array of paper I won a copy of this from Goodreads First Reads program.Interesting engaging read about Thomas Jefferson I wouldn t really class this as a biography,a personality sketch well researched This is not chronological or comprehensive, but rather categorical portraits of Jefferson If you are not well versed in the basics of Jefferson you will not get them here Instead you find chapters on Jefferson away from home and Jefferson and music You get a sense of the man using a wide array of ...

  6. says:

    Gordon Reed and Onuf have crafted a book on Jefferson that adds a tremendous amount to our knowledge about one of our most enigmatic Forefathers Written from the perspective of what Jefferson s world would have look...

  7. says:

    My god was this dull This had the potential to be a great read but the co authors writing styles made it tedious Instead of being direct, the authors ran in circles around each point they were trying to make I could not get out of the introduction and this was after the prologue I had some issues with Jon Meacham s patronizing writing style on his study of Thomas Jefferson but at least his book was interesting Meacham made Thomas Jefferson interesting The authors of this book made Jeffe My god was this dull This had the potential to be a great read but the co authors writing styles made it tedious Instead of being direct, the authors ran in circles around each point they were trying to make I could not get out of the introduction and this was after the prologue I had some issues with Jon Meacham s patronizing writing style on his study of Thomas ...

  8. says:

    Very well written and insightful I got a much clearer picture of Jefferson the man, as opposed to Jefferson the icon.

  9. says:

    Read a pre release copy shared by Sara Librarians get to go to the coolest conferences.

  10. says:

    In the case of a subject like Thomas Jefferson, biographies of whom abound on any library or bookstore shelf, any new contender for space on those shelves should make a plausible case for doing something different, for increasing and improving our understanding of the man and not just pouring old wine into an new bottle something of which Jefferson, a noted oenophile, would certainly not...

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