Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson
- By Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- 15 illustrations
Thomas Jefferson is often portrayed as a hopelessly enigmatic figure―a riddle―a man so riven with contradictions that he is almost impossible to know. Lauded as the most articulate voice of American freedom and equality, even as he held people―including his own family members―in bondage, Jefferson is variably described as a hypocrite, an atheist, or a simple-minded proponent of limited government who expected all Americans to be farmers forever.
Most Blessed of the Patriarchs fundamentally challenges much of what we’ve come to accept about Jefferson, who was neither a hypocrite nor a saint, an atheist nor a fundamentalist. Pulitzer Prize-winner Annette Gordon-Reed and America’s leading Jefferson scholar Peter S. Onuf team up, and through a close reading of Jefferson’s own words, reintroduce us all to our most influential founding father: a man more gifted than most, but complicated in just the ways we all are.
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