Negro President Jefferson and the Slave Power

ISBN-10: 0618343989
ISBN-13: 9780618343980
Edition: 2003
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Description: In "Negro President," the best-selling historian Garry Wills explores a controversial and neglected aspect of Thomas Jefferson's presidency: it was achieved by virtue of slave "representation," and conducted to preserve that advantage.Wills goes far  More...

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/1/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

In "Negro President," the best-selling historian Garry Wills explores a controversial and neglected aspect of Thomas Jefferson's presidency: it was achieved by virtue of slave "representation," and conducted to preserve that advantage.Wills goes far beyond the recent revisionist debate over Jefferson's own slaves and his relationship with Sally Heming to look at the political relationship between the president and slavery. Jefferson won the election of 1800 with Electoral College votes derived from the three-fifths representation of slaves, who could not vote but who were partially counted as citizens. That count was known as "the slave power" granted to southern states, and it made some Federalists call Jefferson the Negro President -- one elected only by the slave count's margin.Probing the heart of Jefferson's presidency, Wills reveals how the might of the slave states was a concern behind Jefferson's most important decisions and policies, including his strategy to expand the nation west. But the president met with resistance: Timothy Pickering, now largely forgotten, was elected to Congress to wage a fight against Jefferson and the institutions that supported him. Wills restores Pickering and his allies' dramatic struggle to our understanding of Jefferson and the creation of the new nation.In "Negro President," Wills offers a bold rethinking of one of American history's greatest icons.

Garry Wills, 1934 - Garry Wills was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934. Wills received a B.A. from St. Louis University in 1957, an M.A. from Xavier University of Cincinnati in 1958, an M.A. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1961) in classics from Yale. Wills was a junior fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies from 1961-62, an associate professor of classics and adjunct professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins University from 1962-80. Wills was the first Washington Irving Professor of Modern American History and Literature at Union College, and was also a Regents Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Silliman Seminarist at Yale, Christian Gauss Lecturer at Princeton, W.W. Cook Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, Hubert Humphrey Seminarist at Macalester College, Welch Professor of American Studies at Notre Dame University and Henry R. Luce Professor of American Culture and Public Policy at Northwestern University (1980-88). Wills is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his articles appear frequently in The New York Review of Books. Wills is the author of "Lincoln at Gettysburg," which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1993 and the NEH Presidential Medal, "John Wayne's America," "A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government" and "The Kennedy Imprisonment." Other awards received by Wills include the National Book Critics Award, the Merle Curti Award of the organization of American Historians, the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale Graduate School, the Harold Washington Book Award and the Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, which was for writing and narrating the 1988 "Frontline" documentary "The Candidates."

Key to Brief Citations
Prologue: Coming to Terms with Jefferson
Introduction: The Three-Fifths Clause
Before 1800
Pickering vs. Jefferson: The Northwest
Pickering vs. Jefferson: Toussaint
"Second Revolution"
1800: Why Were Slaves Counted?
1800: The Negro-Burr Election
1801: Jefferson or Burr?
1801 Aftermath: Turning Out the Federalists
Pickering in Congress
1803: The Twelfth Amendment
1803: Louisiana
1804: Pickering and Burr
1804-1805: Impeachments
1808: Embargo
1808: Pickering and Governor Sullivan
1808: Pickering and J. Q. Adams
1809-1815: Pickering and Madison
The Pickering Legacy
J. Q. Adams: The Federal (Slave) District
J. Q. Adams: Petition Battles
Epilogue: Farewell to Pickering
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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