Thomas Jefferson - Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle To Remake America
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The radical Jefferson
Amidst the controversy surrounding Thomas Jefferson, it's easy to forget that he was a true revolutionary. Kevin R. C. Gutzman reaffirms Jefferson's stature in a provocative look at the radical nature of this central Founding Father.
So much about Jefferson was forward-looking, from his philosophy about the size and reach of government to his advocacy of religious freedom, his attempts to incorporate Native Americans into society to his ideas about the role of education. He was not without flaws, and his complex stance on African-Americans and slavery continues to dog his reputation. But Gutzman takes the greater measure of the man in a landmark portrait of a figure driven to create a nation of unprecedented liberty and opportunity.
"Kevin Gutzman has written a learned and combative book about one of the central figures in a transatlantic age of democratic revolution. In attempting to fathom the mind of Thomas Jefferson, his fears as well as his aspirations, Gutzman has fresh things to say not only about Jefferson himself, but on an entire period of American history."- Robert L. Paquette, Executive Director, Alexander Hamilton Institute
"Kevin Gutzman takes his readers on a rip-roaring ride through the contests and controversies of the founding era and early republic, inviting readers along the way to challenge conventional interpretations of history and reconsider first principles. Brimming with keen insights, Thomas Jefferson-Revolutionary focuses on Jefferson's often radical views on federalism, the rights of conscience, race, slavery, and public education, casting light on the great political controversies that have long roiled the republic."-Daniel L. Dreisbach, author of Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State
"No statesman of the United States' founding years has suffered a more precipitous decline in his reputation than Thomas Jefferson....It is time for a spirited corrective to this folly, and Kevin Gutzman has provided one in this book."-Wilfred M. McClay, G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma
"A provocative and original perspective on the great Virginian's radical vision of America's-and Virginia's-future. Sharply focused, powerfully argued, and engagingly written, Gutzman's book is sure to generate the kind of controversy that will guarantee Jefferson's continuing relevance."-Peter S. Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor, University of Virginia, co-author, of Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination
About the Author
Kevin. R. C. Gutzman is Professor and Chairman in the Department of History at Western Connecticut State University and a faculty member at LibertyClassroom.com. He is the author of several books, including James Madison and the Making of America and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||January 31, 2017|