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Thomas JeffersonReputation and Legacy$
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Francis Cogliano

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624997

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624997.001.0001

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(p.19) Chapter 1 History
Thomas Jefferson

Francis D. Cogliano

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers Thomas Jefferson's understanding of history. It considers Jefferson's study of history and what he understood the purpose of historical study to be. It places Jefferson's understanding of the past in the context of Enlightenment and republican thought. It argues that Jefferson understood history to be an extension of the political controversies of his lifetime and that the posthumous fate of his reputation would be closely tied to that of the American republic.

Keywords:   Thomas Jefferson, History and historiography, The Enlightenment, Republicanism

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