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Notes on the State of Virginia
by Thomas Jefferson and Frank Shuffelton

Overview - Available for the first time in Penguin Classics, Notes on the State of Virginia is at once a scientific discourse, an attempt to define America, and an examination of the idea of freedom. With the same genius and clear, flexible prose style that informs the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson chronicles Virginia's natural, social, and political history.  Read more...

 
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More About Notes on the State of Virginia by Thomas Jefferson; Frank Shuffelton
 
 
 
Overview
Available for the first time in Penguin Classics, Notes on the State of Virginia is at once a scientific discourse, an attempt to define America, and an examination of the idea of freedom. With the same genius and clear, flexible prose style that informs the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson chronicles Virginia's natural, social, and political history.

Frank Shuffleton includes in this edition with selections from relevant correspondence and discusses the work's origins, composition, and initial reception. He focuses particularly on Jefferson's response to contemporary scientific writings on "New World degeneracy"; his differing treatment of Blacks and Native Americans; and his influential (and problematic) role in creating a mythicized American self-image.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140436679
  • ISBN-10: 0140436677
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: December 1998
  • Page Count: 330
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP

Series: Penguin Classics

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Books > History > United States - State & Local - General
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