Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy #2020

Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy Francis D. Cogliano Thomas Jefferson Reputation and Legacy In his probing new study Francis Cogliano focuses on Thomas Jefferson s relation to history both as the context in which he lived and as something he made considerable and conscious efforts to in

  • Title: Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy
  • Author: Francis D. Cogliano
  • ISBN: 9780813926193
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy Francis D. Cogliano In his probing new study, Francis Cogliano focuses on Thomas Jefferson s relation to history, both as the context in which he lived, and as something he made considerable, and conscious, efforts to influence He was acutely aware that he would be judged by posterity, and he believed that the fate of the republican experiment depended to a large extent on how it was rendereIn his probing new study, Francis Cogliano focuses on Thomas Jefferson s relation to history, both as the context in which he lived, and as something he made considerable, and conscious, efforts to influence He was acutely aware that he would be judged by posterity, and he believed that the fate of the republican experiment depended to a large extent on how it was rendered by historians.The first half of the book situates Jefferson s ideas about history within the context of eighteenth century historical thought It then considers the efforts Jefferson made to shape the way the history of his life and times would be written through the careful preservation of most of his personal and public papers, and through the institutions he left behind, including his home, Monticello, and the University of Virginia The second half of the book considers the results of Jefferson s efforts to shape historical writings about himself and his period, which have issued forth in an unbroken stream from his day to our own Although Jefferson seemed to have achieved apotheosis in the years following World War II, his rise above controversy was short lived Earlier political questions were replaced by arguments over race, class, and gender, and recent scholarship has criticized Jefferson s attitudes and actions with regard to civil liberties, Native Americans, slaves, and women, not least in the context of debates surrounding his relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings Our complex feelings about Jefferson s relation to these issues are a reflection of the man who helped engineer their place in our historical discourse.
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    1. Thomas Jefferson tried to shape the way Americans would remember him, but since his death scholars and the general public have shifted their assessment of him, at times lauding his achievements and at other times lamenting his shortcomings Only those people particularly interested in Jefferson, the nation s founders, or in historical memory will likely have the patience to read this series of essays, which is too bad because the issues Cogliano raises are of importance to us all.

    2. I spent a week at a Gilder Lehrman teacher seminar at UVA on Jefferson which was moderated by the author, as well as another foremost scholar on TJ It is always interesting to meet an author in person, especially in a setting such as we were in, and then reread his book Very insightful and glad to have had the opportunity to get a glimpse of the scholar s world.

    3. Excellent read good insights on the historiography surrounding the ever complex Jefferson Met the author, great guy.

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