Jefferson and Monticello

The Biography of a Builder
Product Number: EB00094823
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781429936798
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Description

This book, a National Book Award nominee in 1988, is the life of Thomas Jefferson as seen through the prism of his love affair with Monticello. For over half a century, it was his consuming passion, his most serious amusement. With a sure command of sources and skilled intuitive understanding of Jefferson, McLaughlin crafts and uncommon portrait of builder and building alike. En route he tells us much about life in Virginia; about Monticello's craftsmen and how they worked their materials; about slavery, class, and family; and, above all, about the multiplicity of domestic concerns that preoccupied this complex man. It is an engaging and incisive look at the eighteenth-century mind: systematic, rational, and curious, but also playful, comfort-loving, and amusing. Ultimately, it provides readers with great insight into daily life in Colonial and Federal America.

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Author(s): Jack Mclaughlin
Original Publish Date: Apr 01, 2011

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