Thomas Jefferson : America's philosopher-king / Max Lerner ; edited and with an introduction by Robert Schmuhl
- 1. The Making of a Revolutionary, 1743-1784 -- 2. A Diplomat in Europe, 1785-1789 -- 3. The Struggle for National Mastery, 1789-1800 -- 4. The Practice and Theory of Foreign Policy, 1789-1795 -- 5. The Two Revolutions -- 6. A Party Leader's Path to the Summit, 1789-1800 -- 7. Jefferson in Power: The "Jeffersonian Revolution" and the Presidency, 1801-1805 -- 8. Jefferson in Trouble: Conspiracy, Embargo, and Civil Liberties, 1805-1809 -- 9. Twilight of a Life - And a Great Correspondence, 1809-1826 -- 10. Reformer, Educator, Humanist: The Rounding Out of a Mind and Will, 1809-1826 -- 11. Jefferson's Cosmos as a Frame for His Thought -- 12. Last Days and Death, 1826 -- 13. The Shadow of Jefferson: Legend, Image, Idea -- 14. Ambiguity and Unity in Jefferson's Thought -- Appendix: Jefferson as a Man of Letters.
- Max Lerner studied and assessed many presidents during more than six decades as an author, journalist, and professor, yet Thomas Jefferson received his most sustained attention. To Lerner, Jefferson came closest in the American context to Plato's "philosopher-king," a thinker and leader. Because of his keen sense of Jefferson's virtues and his unique place in United States history, Lerner began work on a book about Jefferson in 1957, but other writing assignments and academic responsibilities postponed completion until his final days. In this never before published volume, Lerner uses the facts of Jefferson's life and work as the springboard to insightful analysis and informed assessment. In considering Jefferson, Lerner combines biographical information, historical background, and analytical commentary. The result is a primer about Jefferson that not only describes his accomplishments, but discusses his problems and failures.
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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