Thomas JeffersonBook - 2003
An analysis of the political career of Thomas Jefferson considers his efforts for minimalist leadership, mandates for free public education and the separation of church and state, and contributions to national development.
Blackwell North Amer
An illuminating analysis of the man whose name is synonymous with American democracy
Few presidents have embodied the American spirit as fully as Thomas Jefferson. He was the originator of so many of the founding principles of American democracy. Politically, he shuffled off the centralized authority of the Federalists, working toward a more diffuse and minimalist leadership. He introduced the bills separating church and state and mandating free public education. He departed from the strict etiquette of his European counterparts, appearing at state dinners in casual attire and dispensing with hierarchical seating arrangements. Jefferson initiated the Lewis and Clark expedition and seized on the crucial moment when Napoleon decided to sell the Louisiana Territory, thus extending the national development. In this compelling examination, distinguished historian Joyce Appleby captures all of the richness of Jefferson's character and accomplishments.
An analysis of the political career of Thomas Jefferson considers his role as the originator of many founding principles of American democracy, efforts for minimalist leadership, mandates for free public education and the separation of church and state, and contributions to national development. 20,000 first printing.
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