Understanding Thomas Jefferson Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is a refreshingly slim (250 pages), highly readable, and nicely illustrated short bio of a man who has inspired great admiration, considerable puzzlement, and plenty of much heftier books. The author, a longtime senior editor of "American Heritage" magazine, makes Jefferson humanly comprehensible and handily summarizes his achievements and shortcomings (including the man's racism and male chauvinism). Some final assessment chapters make especially tidy work of the big gun historians who tried so hard to ignore and refute the Sally Hemings embarrassment, but Halliday makes the relationship understandable and very much of a piece with the rest of this great man's life.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   politician Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Politician story?    -   Politician trying to reform Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   18th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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