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:

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This chapter considers Thomas Jefferson's understanding of history. It considers Jefferson's study of history and what he understood the purpose of historical study to be. It places Jefferson's understanding of the past in the context of Enlightenment and republican thought. It argues that Jefferson understood history to be an extension of the political controversies of his lifetime and that the posthumous fate of his reputation would be closely tied to that of the American republic.

Keywords: Thomas Jefferson; History and historiography; The Enlightenment; Republicanism

Chapter.  11022 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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