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Thomas Jefferson's journey to the south of France
Moore, Roy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1999.
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160 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 x 27 cm
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E332.745 .M66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In the middle 1980s, the Moore's first took the official tour replicating Jefferson's three-month journey in the spring of 1787, and have returned often to capture in color photographs the scenes he might have seen, i.e. devoid of automobiles, factories, and the like. In addition to descriptive captions, they include letters and excerpts from his published journal, but no index or bibliography. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Author Notes

Politician, philosopher, farmer, architect, and author, Jefferson was born to Peter and Jane Randolph Jefferson on April 13, 1743, in Tuckahoe, Virginia. As Jefferson observed in his autobiography, his parents could "trace their pedigree far back in England and Scotland." At the age of 16, Thomas Jefferson entered William and Mary College; at age 24, Jefferson was admitted to the bar; at 25, he was elected to the Virginia Assembly.

Renowned for his political contributions to the American colonies, and later, to the embryonic Republic, Jefferson published in 1774 A Summary View of the Rights of British America, celebrating the inalienable natural rights claimed by the colonialists. In 1775 Jefferson was elected to the Continental Congress; in 1776 he joined the five-person committee responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence---a document that is widely regarded as being largely Jefferson's own work. In 1779 Jefferson was elected governor of the state of Virginia, and in subsequent years he distinguished himself both as a cosmopolitan international politician and as a man committed to the future of Virginia. In 1789 he was appointed U.S. secretary of state, in 1797 he served as vice president under President John Adams, and in 1801 he was elected third president of the United States.

Jefferson's literary career was no less stellar than his political accomplishments. He authored tracts and books on such diverse subjects as gardening, the life of Jesus, the history of Virginia, and the practices of farming. The precise descriptions of nature that inform his Notes on the State of Virginia (1787) are frequently credited with foreshadowing the Hudson River school of aesthetics.

Thomas Jefferson died on the fourth of July. His grave marker, engraved with words of his own choosing, states, "Here lies Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and Father of the University of Virginia."

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In the spring of 1787, Thomas Jefferson, the U.S. minister to the court of Louis XVI and an inveterate Francophile, took a memorable three-month tour through the South of France. This journey made an indelible impression on the ever-inquisitive Jefferson and provided him with enough agricultural, economic, architectural, and cultural data to subsequently incorporate into a 44-page encyclopedia of information pertaining to his experiences and observations during this trip. Utilizing excerpts from Jefferson's copious notes and correspondence, the Moores have retraced and recreated this fabled excursion. Gorgeously illustrated with more than 100 full-color photographs and a host of period maps, engravings, paintings, and portraits, this feast for the eyes also includes a penetrating introduction by Jeffersonian scholar Lucia C. Stanton. A sumptuous historical travelogue. Margaret Flanagan

Library Journal Review

This is no ordinary coffee-table book. It combines all the luscious photographs one would expect along with features that will please serious readers and scholarly specialists. Sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, photographer/ author team Roy and Alma Moore retraced the three-month journey through southern France that Jefferson made in the spring of 1787. Jefferson was an inveterate note taker and letter writer. He left hundreds of descriptions of the fields, rivers, buildings, and sights of Marseilles, Arles, and other spots in the region. The Moores have taken great pains to describe things as they must have appeared to Jefferson, that is, without today's automobiles, television antennas, and so on. Next to each photo, map, or engraving, the Moores present the relevant passage from Jefferson's letters or notes. Lucia C. Stanton, the Shannon Senior Research Historian at Monticello's International Center, has contributed an authoritative and interesting introduction. Highly recommended for university and public libraries.√ĄThomas J. Schaeper, St. Bonaventure Univ., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.