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Introduction: The Estimation of the World

Francis D. Cogliano

in Thomas Jefferson

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624997
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624997.003.0001
Introduction: The Estimation of the World

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This introduction provides an overview of the history of Thomas Jefferson's reputation. It describes the four stages of Jefferson's reputation since his death in 1826. It places this study in the context of the limited historiography on Jefferson's reputation, noting that the only substantive study prior to this, Merrill D. Peterson's Jefferson Image in the American Mind covered the period from 1826 until the dedication of the Jefferson Memorial in 1943. Explains that this study considers Jefferson's understanding of history and the importance of his posthumous reputation before assessing the ebb and flow of Jefferson's reputation since 1943.

Keywords: Thomas Jefferson; Reputation; Historiography; Merrill D.Peterson

Chapter.  7496 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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