"An exceptionally well-researched and persuasively written book
that] asks who Jefferson was in new and exciting ways. This is a
book that needed to be written, and, happily, is one that was
undertaken by an exceedingly thorough, judicious, open-minded, and
creative historian."--Andrew Burstein, University of Tulsa, author
of "Jefferson's Secrets: Death and Desire at Monticello "
"Francis D. Cogliano's splendid book demonstrates that history
is indeed an argument between past and present about the future.
Offering formidable research deployed with grace and skill in the
service of a powerful and well-crafted argument, this study will be
essential reading. It illuminates in myriad ways the history that
Jefferson made and historians' ongoing struggles to figure out what
to make of Jefferson. Further, it enriches our understanding of the
interactions between history and memory in American culture. It
deserves a wide and enthusiastic readership, not just for the
moment but for years to come."--R. B. Bernstein, New York Law
School, author of "Thomas Jefferson "
"Thomas Jefferson continues to enthrall, excite, and enrage
academics, students, and members of the American public. This book
provides a useful study of Jefferson's construction of his own
historical image, and the reconstructions of that image that have
occurred over the past half-century."--Simon Newman, University of
In "Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy " Francis D.
Cogliano looks at both the impact Jefferson had on his historical
moment and the considerable lengths to which he went to secure his
Beginning by locating Jefferson's ideas about history within the
context of eighteenth-century historical thought, Cogliano then
considers the efforts Jefferson made to shape the way the history
of his life and times--which he thought crucial to the success of
the republican experiment--would be written. The second half of the
book reflects on the mixed results, from his time to the present,
of Jefferson's efforts to shape historical writing, through his
careful preservation of most of his personal and public papers, and
through the institutions he left behind: his home, Monticello, and
the University of Virginia. Engaging with recent scholarship's
attention toward Jefferson's views on race, class, and gender,
"Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy " is a must-read for
anyone interested in Jefferson in his own time or the legacy he
worked so hard to create.
Francis D. Cogliano is a Reader in History at the University of
Edinburgh. He is author of "Revolutionary America, 1763-1815: A
Political History. "
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