Thomas Jefferson's Education Hardback
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: 15/10/2019
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9780393652420