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Mr. Jefferson's Lost Cause: Land, Farmers, Slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase

By: Kennedy, Roger

Price: $12.88

Publisher: Cary, North Carolina, U. S. A., Oxford Univ Press: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 002598

ISBN: 0195153472

Condition: New in New dust jacket


Thomas Jefferson advocated a republic of small farmers - free and independent yeomen. Yet as president he presided over a massive expansion of the slaveholding plantation system - particularly with the Louisiana Purchase - squeezing the yeomanry to the fringes and to less desirable farmland. Now Roger G. Kennedy conducts and eye-opening examination of that gap between Jefferson's stated aspirations and what actually happened. The author focuses on the character, ideas, and ambitions of Thomas Jefferson to show how he and other Southerners struggled with the moral dilemmas presented by the pres... View more info