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Thomas Jefferson and the education of a citizen
Gilreath, James, 1947-
Publication Information:
Washington : Library of Congress : [Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., distributor], 1999.
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xv, 383 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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Essays published here were selected from a conference, held at the Library of Congress, May 13 to May 15, 1993; cosponsored by the Library's Rare Book and Special Collections Division, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and the Institute of Early American Culture at Williamsburg, Va.

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I. The public and private spheres. Citizens and families : a Jeffersonian vision of domestic relations and generational change / Michael Grossberg -- Binding ties : the public and domestic spheres in Jefferson's letters to his family / Frank Shuffelton -- Beyond education : Thomas Jefferson's "Republican" revision of the laws regarding children / Holly Brewer -- Jefferson, the family and civic education / Jan Lewis. II. An informed citizenry. Jefferson and literacy / Douglas L. Wilson -- Bulwark of revolutionary liberty : Thomas Jefferson's and John Adams's programs for an informed citizenry / Richard D. Brown -- Thomas Jefferson and legal education in revolutionary America / Herbert A. Johnson -- "That knowledge most useful to us" : Thomas Jefferson's concept of utility in the education of republican citizens / Jennings L. Wagoner, Jr. -- Education and democracy : summary and comment / Benjamin R. Barber.

III. Influence of the old and new worlds. Thomas Jefferson and the old world : personal experience in the formation of early republican ideals / Elizabeth Wirth Marvick -- Why slaves can't read : the political significance of Jefferson's racism / James Oakes -- Thomas Jefferson's dualistic perceptions of Native Americans / Donald A. Grinde, Jr. -- The old and the new worlds : summary and comment / C. Vann Woodward. IV. A republic of citizens. Citizenship and change in Jefferson's constitutional thought / David N. Mayer -- Liberty and virtue : religion and Republicanism in Jeffersonian thought / Eugene R. Sheridan -- Ward republics : the wisest invention for self-government / Suzanne W. Morse. V. An international perspective. The education of those who govern / Ralph Ketcham -- Thomas Jefferson and his conception of happiness / Liu Zuochang.
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Thomas Jefferson's writings hold endless fascination for Americans and, as the international perspective ending this volume suggests, for thoughtful people worldwide. Here, Liu Zuochang's assessment of Jefferson's relevance to contemporary Chinese thinkers joins essays by American scholars on topics such as education, slavery, and the preparation for citizenship that underlies a free society as Jefferson perceived it.

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Authors of these essays commendably construe education broadly. A major theme is Jefferson's preoccupation with republican citizenship and how men's, women's, and children's natural aptitudes, social determinants, and education bear on that citizenship. Among topics treated are hereditary privilege, primogeniture and entail, childhood education, Scottish moral philosophy, religion, race (blacks and Indian), civil liberties, and communication, as well as obligatory topics like literacy, school curricula, and professional legal education. Sometimes contributors have had to tease Jefferson's attitudes out of oblique writings. Many of the essays are gems, crisp and succinct, containing information and interpretations that all American historians and all professional educators should know. Readers caught up in the "culture wars" debates of the 1990s, the role of religion in public schools, or the teaching of morals should read this volume. In one commendable essay, Eugene Sheridan explains the development of Jefferson's deism but also explains how Jefferson adjusted it to the need for harmony and improved morals among Americans after 1800. Religion had to be free, but virtue was needed as well. All levels. J. D. Marietta; University of Arizona