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Thomas Jefferson's Education, Hardback Book


By turns entertaining and tragic, this beautifully crafted history reveals the origins of a great university in the dilemmas of Virginia slavery.

Thomas Jefferson shares centre stage with his family and fellow planters, all dependent on the labour of enslaved black families.

With a declining Virginia yielding to commercially vibrant northern states, in 1819 Jefferson proposed to build a university to educate and improve the sons of the planter elite.

He hoped they might one day lead a revitalised Virginia free of slavery-and free of the former slaves. Jefferson's campaign was a contest for the future of a state and the larger nation.

Although he prevails, Jefferson's vision of reform through education is hobbled by the actions of genteel students with a defiant sense of honour derived from owning slaves.

It is the women of this hypermasculine society who redeem the best elements of his legacy.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448 pages, 23 illustrations
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9780393652420



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