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Monticello

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/9780748624997.003.0005
Monticello

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Thomas Jefferson's posthumous reputation has been closely tied to the history of his home, Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. This chapter traces the history of Monticello during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when Jefferson's home passed into the hands of the family of Uriah Levy and then to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation which opened the house to the public as museum. Monticello, now a UNESCO world heritage site has, along with the University of Virginia emerged as a vital institution for the promotion of the study of Jefferson and his time. Nonetheless, as this chapter shows, Monticello is not run as shrine to Jefferson nor does it promote Jefferson's version of history.

Keywords: Thomas Jefferson; Monticello; Thomas Jefferson Foundation; Charlottesville, Virginia; Public history

Chapter.  13616 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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