The essential Jefferson / edited, with an introduction, by Jean M. Yarbrough.

Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 [Browse]
Uniform title
Indianapolis : Hackett Pub., ©2006.
xxxvii, 287 pages ; 22 cm.


Summary note
In substantial selections from his earliest writings, the Notes on Virginia, his public papers, and his personal correspondence, this volume traces the development of Jefferson's thinking on such fundamental issues as republicanism, constitutionalism, political parties, and the separation of religion from politics. His proposals for the education of women, the emancipation of slaves, and the expatriation of Native Americans are included, along with a number of intimate letters illustrating the range of Jefferson's interests and offering a peek into his private life. Drawing on the best Jeffersonian scholarship of the last thirty years, Yarbrough's Introduction sets Jefferson's life and writing in context and illuminates the ways in which his understanding of human nature influenced his political views. A brief headnote introduces each selection and provides crucial background information; footnotes offer concise biographies of Jefferson's correspondents and identify other important figures and events. An index and select bibliography are also included.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. xxxvi-xxxvii) and index.
  • Public papers and addresses. A summary view of the rights of British America (1774) ; A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled (with Jefferson's original draft and congressional amendments (1776) ; The Declaration of Independence (as adopted by Congress) (1776) ; A bill for establishing religious freedom (1777) ; Report on government for Western Territory (1784) ; Opinion on the constitutionality of a national bank (1791) ; Opinion on the French treaties (1793) ; Draft of Kentucky resolutions (1798) ; First Inaugural Address (1801) ; To Messrs. Nehemiah Dodge and others, a committee of Danbury Baptist Association, in the State of Connecticut (1802) ; Second Inaugural Address (1805) ; Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia (1818)
  • Excerpts from Notes on Virginia (1782). Query VI (A quarrel with Buffon : the New World is not inferior) ; Query VIII (Should America encourage immigration?) ; Query XI (A description of the Indians) ; Query XIII (The Virginian constitution) ; Query XIV (The laws of Virginia : slavery, the natural endowments of the Black race, education) ; Query XVII (Religious freedom) ; Query XVIII (The effect of slavery on manners) ; Query XIX (Agrarian virtue) ; Query XXII (Commerce, shipping, and self-defense)
  • Correspondence. To Edmund Pendleton, Aug. 26, 1776 (Early views on constitutionalism) ; To David Rittenhouse, July 19,1778 (An obligation higher than politics) ; To John Jay, Aug. 23, 1785 (A preference for sailors over manufacturers) ; To Charles Bellini, Sept. 30, 1785 (French and American morals) ; To John Banister, Jr., Oct. 15, 1785 (The disadvantage of study abroad) ; To James Madison, Oct. 28, 1785 (A "fundamental right to labor") ; To James Madison, Jan. 30, 1787 (Shay's Rebellion and Western secession) ; To Anne Willing Bingham, Feb. 7, 1787 ("The tranquil pleasures of American society") ; To Peter Carr, Aug. 10, 1787 (The moral sense) ; To William S. Smith, Nov. 13, 1787 ("The tree of liberty") ; To James Madison, Dec. 20, 1787 (Objections to the Constitution) ; To Francis Hopkinson, Mar. 13, 1789 (Party : "The last degradation of a free and moral agent) ; To James Madison, Mar. 15, 1789 (A bill of rights) ; To James Madison, Sept. 6, 1789 ("The earth belongs to the living") ; To Benjamin Banneker, Aug. 30, 1791 (Equality and "our Black brethren") ; To the President of the United States (George Washington), Sept. 2, 1792 (the conflict with Alexander Hamilton) ; To Elbridge Gerry, Jan. 26, 1799 ("A profession of my political faith") ; To William Green Munford, June 18, 1799 (Progress and perfectibility) ; To Dr. Joseph Priestley, Mar. 21, 1801 (Something new under the sun) ; To the U.S. Minister to France (Robert Livingston), Apr. 18, 1802 (The strategic importance of New Orleans) ; To Benjamin Hawkins, Feb. 18, 1803 (A plan for civilizing Indians) ; To Wilson Cary Nicholas, Sept. 7, 1803 (The Louisiana Purchase and constitutional amendments) ; To Henri Gregoire, Feb. 25, 1809 (Negro equality and rights) ; To John Tyler, May 26, 1810 (Education and the wards) ; To John Colvin, Sept. 20, 1810 (The "law of necessity and self-preservation") ; To John Adams, June 15, 1813 (An airing of our political differences) ; To John Adams, Oct. 28, 1813 (The natural aristocracy) ; To J. Correa de Serra, Apr. 19, 1814 (Happiness and virtue) ; To Thomas Law, June 13, 1814 (The moral sense) ; To Joseph C. Cabell, Feb. 2, 1816 ("Divide the counties into wards") ; To Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, Apr. 24, 1816 (The moral principles on which government is founded) ; To John Taylor, May 28, 1816 (What is a republic?) ; To Francis W. Gilmer, June 7, 1816 (The sense of justice is natural to man) To Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816 (How to reform the Virginian constitution) ; To Isaac Tiffany, Aug. 26, 1816 ("This new principle of representative democracy") ; To Nathaniel Burwell, Mar. 14, 1818 (Ideas on female education) ; To Judge Spencer Roane, Sept. 6, 1819 (Constitutional construction) ; To John Holmes, April 22, 1820 ("A fire bell in the night") ; To Jared Sparks, Feb. 4, 1824 (A plan for emancipation) ; To Major John Cartwright, June 5, 1824 (The lessons of experience ; Christianity and the common law) ; To Henry Lee, May 8, 1825 ("The object of the Declaration of Independence") ; To William Branch Giles, Dec. 26, 1825 (Resistance to consolidation) ; To James Madison, Feb. 17, 1826 ("Take care of me when dead") ; To Roger C. Weightman, June 24, 1826 (Last thoughts on the Declaration of Independence).
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