Understanding Thomas Jefferson by E. M. HallidayUnderstanding Thomas Jefferson by E. M. Halliday

Understanding Thomas Jefferson

byE. M. Halliday

Paperback | February 5, 2002

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Recent biographies of Thomas Jefferson have stressed the sphinxlike puzzles of his character—famous champion of freedom yet lifelong slaveholder, foe of miscegenation yet secret lover of a beautiful slave for 30 years, aristocrat yet fervent advocate of government by the people. E. M. Halliday's absorbing and lucid portrait recognizes these and other puzzles about this great founder, but shows us how understandable they can be in light of his personal and social circumstances.

Halliday takes readers deep into Jefferson's private life—exploring his childhood, his literary taste, and his unconventional religious thinking and moral philosophy. Here, too, are his adamant opinions on women, the evolution of his ideas on democracy and freedom of expression, and fresh insights into his relationship with Sally Hemings.

Recent biographies of Thomas Jefferson have stressed the sphinxlike puzzles of his character—famous champion of freedom yet lifelong slaveholder, foe of miscegenation yet secret lover of a beautiful slave for 30 years, aristocrat yet fervent advocate of government by the people. E. M. Halliday's absorbing and lucid portrait recognizes ...
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Title:Understanding Thomas JeffersonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:February 5, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thomas Jefferson This biography caught my eye mostly because The author, Christopher Hitchens is an interesting and controversial person. Now deceased he has been an avowed and outspoken atheist. Certainly this could play a part in the depiction of Jefferson's religious leanings. Jefferson's insistence on the separation of church and state is well dealt with. TJ described as a Deist. As I understand it one who believes in a higher power but does not believe in any direct interaction with humans, hence prayer not a factor
Date published: 2014-08-05

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“This delightful miscellany tells you everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask about the most cultivated, intellectually vibrant, and (we now learn) secretly sensual of the republic’s founders.” (The New Yorker)