Negro President Jefferson and the Slave Power

ISBN-10: 0618485376

ISBN-13: 9780618485376

Edition: 2003

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In "Negro President" the best-selling historian Garry Wills explores a pivotal moment in American history through the lens of Thomas Jefferson and the now largely forgotten Timothy Pickering, and "prods readers to appreciate essential aspects of our distressed but well-intentioned representative democracy" (Chicago Tribune). In 1800 Jefferson won the presidential election with Electoral College votes derived from the three-fifths representation of slaves -- slaves who could not vote but were still partially counted as citizens. Moving beyond the recent revisionist debate over Jefferson"s own slaves and his relationship with Sally Hemings, Wills instead probes the heart of Jefferson"s presidency and political life, revealing how the might of the slave states remained a concern behind his most important policies and decisions. In an eye-opening, ingeniously argued expose, Wills restores Timothy Pickering and the Federalists" dramatic struggle to our understanding of Jefferson, the creation of the new nation, and the evolution of our representative democracy.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 32
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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
Acknowledgements
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