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Jefferson in his own time; a biographical chronicle of his life, drawn from recollections, interviews, and memoirs by family, friends, and associates.

9781609381202

Jefferson in his own time; a biographical chronicle of his life, drawn from recollections, interviews, and memoirs by family, friends, and associates.

Ed. by Kevin J. Hayes.

Univ. of Iowa Press

2012

210 pages

$32.50

Writers in their own time

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Editor Hayes (English, University of Central Oklahoma) collects 30 excerpts from primary sources that offer insight on Jefferson as known by his contemporaries, from acquaintances to close relatives. The sources show what Jefferson was like as a father and grandfather, as a student, and even as a slave master. The many accounts of his wit and humor go against previous impressions created by Jefferson biographers. Most of the selections come from their earliest published versions, edited for clarity to modern readers. Each selection includes head notes placing it in context of Jefferson's life and the time period, plus bibliographic info. An introduction to the book offers an overview of Jefferson's life. The book includes historical photos.

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