Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson

ISBN-10: 0393974073

ISBN-13: 9780393974072

Edition: 2010

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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Wayne Franklin is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

Richard J. Murnane manages the Risk Prediction Initiative and is a research scientist at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research. Kam-biu Liu is the James J. Parsons Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University.Politician, philosopher, farmer, architect, and author, Jefferson was born to Peter and Jane Randolph Jefferson on April 13, 1743, in Tuckahoe, Virginia. As Jefferson observed in his autobiography, his parents could "trace their pedigree far back in England and Scotland." At the age of 16, Thomas Jefferson entered William and Mary College; at age 24, Jefferson was admitted to the bar; at 25, he was elected to the Virginia Assembly. Renowned for his political contributions to the American colonies, and later, to the embryonic Republic, Jefferson published in 1774 A Summary View of the Rights of British America, celebrating the inalienable natural rights claimed by the colonialists. In 1775 Jefferson was elected to the Continental Congress; in 1776 he joined the five-person committee responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence---a document that is widely regarded as being largely Jefferson's own work. In 1779 Jefferson was elected governor of the state of Virginia, and in subsequent years he distinguished himself both as a cosmopolitan international politician and as a man committed to the future of Virginia. In 1789 he was appointed U.S. secretary of state, in 1797 he served as vice president under President John Adams, and in 1801 he was elected third president of the United States. Jefferson's literary career was no less stellar than his political accomplishments. He authored tracts and books on such diverse subjects as gardening, the life of Jesus, the history of Virginia, and the practices of farming. The precise descriptions of nature that inform his Notes on the State of Virginia (1787) are frequently credited with foreshadowing the Hudson River school of aesthetics. Thomas Jefferson died on the fourth of July. His grave marker, engraved with words of his own choosing, states, "Here lies Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and Father of the University of Virginia."

Preface
A Note on the Texts
Abbreviations
The Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson
A Summary View of the Rights of British America (1774)
From The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson (1829):
The Declaration of Independence
Notes of the State of Virginia (1787)
An Appendix to the Notes on Virginia Relative to the Murder of Logan's Family (1800)
Message to Congress on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1803
Selected Letters
To John Harvie, January 14, 1760
To John Page, December 25, 1762
To Robert Skipwith, August 3, 1771
To Charles McPherson, February 25, 1773
To John Adams, May 16, 1777
To Giovanni Fabbroni, June 8, 1778
To the Chevalier d'Anmours, November 30, 1780
To J. P. G. Muhlenberg, January 31, 1781
To Fran�ois Barb�-Marbois, March 4, 1781
To Fran�ois Barb�-Marbois, December 20, 1781
To Charles Thomson, December 20, 1781
To Fran�ois Barb�-Marbois, March 24, 1782
To Fran�ois-Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux, November 26, 1782
To George Rogers Clark, November 26, 1782
To Thomas Walker, September 25, 1783
To George Rogers Clark, December 4, 1783
To Fran�ois-Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux, January 16, 1784
To Charles Thomson, May 21, 1784
To James Madison, May 11, 1785
To Fran�ois-Jean de Beauvoir, Chevalier de Chastellux, June 7, 1785
To the Reverend Richard Price, August 7, 1785
To Peter Carr, August 19, 1785
To John Banister Jr., October 15, 1785
To James Madison, October 28, 1785
To James Madison, February 8, 1786
To Maria Cosway, October 12, 1786
To J. Hector St. John de Cr�vecoeur, January 15, 1787
To John Stockdale, February 27, 1787
To Madame la Comtesse de Tess�, March 20, 1787
To Martha Jefferson, March 28, 1787
To The Marquis de Lafayette, April 11, 1787
To Maria Cosway, April 24, 1788
To J. Hector St. Jean de Cr�vecoeur, August 9, 1788
To The Reverend Richard Price, January 8, 1789
To John Trumbull, February 15, 1789
To Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789
To John Jay, July 19, 1789
To James Madison, September 6, 1789
To Mary Jefferson, April 11, 1790
To Mary Jefferson, June 13, 1790
To Martha Jefferson Randolph, December 23, 1790
To The Reverend William Smith, February 19, 1791
To Benjamin Banneker, August 30, 1791
To Martha Jefferson Randolph, January 15, 1792
To Thomas Paine, June 19, 1792
To Andr� Michaux, c. April 30, 1793
To James Madison, June 9, 1793
To Angelica Schuyler Church, November 27, 1793
To John Adams, December 28, 1796
To James Madison, January 1, 1797
To Mary Jefferson Eppes, January 8, 1798
To Dr. Joseph Priestley, January 18, 1800
To Dr. Joseph Priestley, January 27, 1800
To Dr. Joseph Priestley, March 21, 1801
To Samuel Adams, March 29, 1801
To James Monroe, November 24, 1801
To Brother Handsome Lake, November 3, 1802
To Benjamin Hawkins, February 18, 1803
To William H. Harrison, February 27, 1803
To Meriwether Lewis, June 20, 1803
To General Horatio Gates, July 11, 1803
To John Tyler, June 28, 1804
To the Osages, July 12, 1804
To the Osages, July 16, 1804
To Constantin-Fran�ois de Chasseb�uf, Comte de Volney, February 18, 1805
To the Osage and Other Indians, January 4, 1806
To Constantin-Fran�ois de Chasseb�uf, Comte de Volney, February 11, 1806
To Joel Barlow, February 24, 1806
To John Norvell, June 14, 1807
To Thomas Jefferson Randolph, November 24, 1808
To John Hollins, February 19, 1809
To Henri Gr�goire, February 25, 1809
To Horatio G. Spafford, May 14, 1809
To John Wyche, May 19, 1809
To John W. Campbell, September 3, 1809
To Benjamin Smith Barton, September 21, 1809
To C. and A. Conrad and Company, November 23, 1809
To James Madison, November 26, 1809
To General Tadeusz Ko ciuszko, February 26, 1810
To Dr. Benjamin Rush, January 16, 1811
To Charles Willson Peale, August 20, 1811
To John Adams, January 21, 1812
To John Adams, June 11, 1812
To Anne Louise Germaine Necker, Madame de Sta�l-Holstein, May 24, 1813
To Paul Allen, August 5, 1813
To Paul Allen, August 18, 1813
To Nicholas Biddle, August 20, 1813
To John Adams, October 28, 1813
To Alexander von Humboldt, December 6, 1813
To Edward Coles, August 25, 1814
To Samuel H. Smith, September 21, 1814
To William Short, Esq., November 28, 1814
To John Adams, April 8, 1816
To Jos� Corr�a da Serra, April 26, 1816
To Peter S. Du Ponceau, November 7, 1817
To John Adams, November 13, 1818
To John Holmes, April 22, 1820
To John Adams, October 12, 1823
To James Monroe, October 24, 1823
To Ellen W. Coolidge, August 27, 1825
To Dr. James Mease, September 26, 1825
To Roger C. Weightman, June 24, 1826
Contexts
From Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America Now Met in General Congress at Philadelphia, Setting Forth the Cause and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms
From Common Sense
Manuscript Notes on Resolutions of Congress
Queries Concerning American States
To Jefferson, March 12, 1784, with John McDuffee's Answers to Queries Concerning the Moose
To Jefferson, March 15, 1784, with Answers to Queries Concerning the Moose
To Jefferson, with Memoranda on the Moose, June 22, 1784
From Travels in North America in the Years 1780, 1781, and 1782
To the Honorable Thomas Jefferson, Esq. Vice-President of the United States, June 24, 1797
Criticism
Early Responses To Jefferson and His Writings, 1802-1896
Ode to the Mammoth Cheese (1802)
From The President Again (1802)
Oration, in Honor of the Election of President Jefferson, and the Peaceable Acquisition of Louisiana (1804)
On the Discoveries of Captain Lewis (1807)
From The Embargo; or, Sketches of the Times (1808)
From A History of New York (1809)
From The Letters and Journals of James Fenimore Cooper (1823, 1830)
The Working Men's Declaration of Independence (1829)
Declaration of Sentiments (1848)
Memoirs (1873)
The Declaration of Independence in the Light of Modern Criticism (1896)
From Thomas Jefferson and the Rights of the Expatriated Man
From The Notes on Virginia
From Sally Hemings
From Slavery and the Declaration of Independence
From Landscape and Written Expression in Revolutionary America
From Jefferson's Pauses
From Jefferson and the Familiar Letter
From Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy
From The Seductions of Thomas Jefferson
Modern Analysis and Criticism
From Thomas Jefferson's Changing Reputation as Author of the Declaration of Independence
From "We Shall All Be Americans"
From The Evolution of Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia
A Chronology
Selected Bibliography
Index
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