American Sphinx

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American Sphinx
The Character of Thomas Jefferson
Joseph J. Ellis
Date published: 1998
First published: 1997
Pages: 440
Sets: 1
Total copies: 15


Thomas Jefferson may be the most important American president; he is certainly the most elusive. He has, at different times, been claimed by Southern secessionists and Northern abolitionists, New Deal liberals and neo-conservatives. Now the historian Joseph J. Ellis restores our most enigmatic national icon to human dimensions, with insight, sympathy, and superb style. Following his subject from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirement in Monticello, Ellis unravels the contradictions of the Jeffersonian character.