Jefferson and Monticello The Biography of a Builder

ISBN-10: 0805014632
ISBN-13: 9780805014631
Edition: Revised 
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Description: This book, a National Book Award nominee in 1988, is the life of Thomas Jefferson as seen through the prism of his love affair with Monticello. For over half a century, it was his consuming passion, his most serious amusement. With a sure command of  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 10/15/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

This book, a National Book Award nominee in 1988, is the life of Thomas Jefferson as seen through the prism of his love affair with Monticello. For over half a century, it was his consuming passion, his most serious amusement. With a sure command of sources and skilled intuitive understanding of Jefferson, McLaughlin crafts and uncommon portrait of builder and building alike. En route he tells us much about life in Virginia; about Monticello’s craftsmen and how they worked their materials; about slavery, class, and family; and, above all, about the multiplicity of domestic concerns that preoccupied this complex man. It is and engaging and incisive look at the eighteenth-century mind: systematic, rational, and curious, but also playful, comfort-loving, and amusing. Ultimately, it provides readers with great insight into daily life in Colonial and Federal America.

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