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The Jefferson Image in the American Mind

reviewed by Charles S. Blinderman - 1961

coverTitle: The Jefferson Image in the American Mind
Author(s): M. D. Peterson
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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One image of Jefferson depicts him as a protectionist, racist, individualist, traditionalist, the Father of States' Rights, the propagator of Christian ideals, and the advocate of Constitutional regulation of responsibilities. Another depicts him as an internationalist, abolitionist, socialist, "the Virginia Voltaire," our "godless Father of Democracy," the architect of the Declaration's revolutionary espousal of the rights of man. History can be revealed through several methods, from an analysis of culture heroes as syntheses of their age to a tracing of some transcendent dialectic—e.g., Christian or Marxist. Professor Peterson's method is to document the development of American civilization through the successive, often contradictory, images of Jefferson conjured up by each period. Each political, economic, and social mythos finds in Jefferson its justification, for the man himself was so varied in his functions that he can with equal justice be evaluated from diverse vantage points, depending upon our need to see him embodied... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 6, 1961, p. 509-509
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3323, Date Accessed: 8/8/2020 7:54:02 PM

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