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The libraries, leadership, and legacy of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson /
edited by Robert C. Baron and Conrad Edick Wright.
Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub. ; Boston : Massachusetts, c2010.
xxvi, 294 p.
1936218089 (hbk.), 9781936218080 (hbk.)
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Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub. ; Boston : Massachusetts, c2010.
1936218089 (hbk.)
9781936218080 (hbk.)
contents note
Collecting : Adams and Jefferson as book collectors -- Thoughts, care, and money : John Adams assembles his library / Beth Prindle -- "The whole of recorded knowledge" : Jefferson as collector and reader / Mark Dimunation -- John Stockdale, London bookseller and publisher of Adams and Jefferson / Eric Stockdale -- Reading : the engagement with books -- John Adams's marginalia, then and now / Heather J. Jackson -- "Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write" : John Adams's use of reading as political and constitutional armory / Richard Bernstein -- Learning : the influence of books -- Whig lawyering in the legal education of Thomas Jefferson / David T. Konig -- Taking the Enlightenment abroad : Thomas Jefferson in France / Frank Shuffelton -- "Considerably different for her sex" : a reading plan for Martha Jefferson / Billy Wayson -- Acting : the use of knowledge and belief -- "History is not the providence of the ladies" : Adams, Jefferson, and histories of revolution / Martha J. King -- A John Adams paradox : provincial lawyer, cosmopolitan reader, ardent nationalist / Richard Alan Ryerson -- John Adams, Thomas Pownall, and peace in 1780 / Gregg L. Lint -- Jefferson, Buffon, and the European view of America / Keith S. Thomson -- Appendix 1: The contributors -- Appendix 2: The institutions.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Review Quotes
"Few collections of essays that come out of conference proceedings are as tightly organized and as uniformly solid as those in the volume under review here... Each of the essays makes contributions to our understanding of Adams, Jefferson, their relationship with each other, and to the world of books around them... Taken together the essays in this volume are a significant contribution to scholarship on Adams, Jefferson, and the use of books in the American Enlightenment." -Oxford Journals, Oxford University Press, December 2011, by Mark G. Spencer
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Main Description
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson realized the value of education, of books, and of libraries in a democracy. What is the role of books and reading in the thoughts and actions of Adams and Jefferson? How did they organize their libraries and how familiar were they with the books in them? How did these books inform their roles as founding fathers? This collection of essays, from some of today's premier historians of Adams and Jefferson celebrates these two founding fathers and the importance of books and libraries in America.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. ix
Collecting: Adams and Jefferson as Book Collectors
Thoughts, Care, and Money: John Adams Assembles His Libraryp. 3
"The Whole of Recorded Knowledge": Jefferson as Collector and Readerp. 21
John Stockdale, London Bookseller and Publisher of Adams and Jeffersonp. 41
Reading: The Engagement with Books
John Adams's Marginalia, Then and Nowp. 59
"Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write": John Adams's Use of Reading as Political and Constitutional Armoryp. 81
Learning: The Influence of Books
Whig Lawyering in the Legal Education of Thomas Jeffersonp. 97
Taking the Enlightenment Abroad: Thomas Jefferson in Francep. 113
"Considerably different...for her sex": A Reading Plan for Martha Jeffersonp. 133
Acting: The Use of Knowledge and Belief
"The Province of History": Adams, Jefferson, and Histories of Revolutionp. 159
A John Adams Paradox: Provincial Lawyer, Cosmopolitan Reader, Ardent Nationalistp. 179
John Adams, Thomas Pownall, and Peace in 1780p. 207
Jefferson, Buffon, and the European View of Americap. 225
The Contributorsp. 245
The Institutionsp. 249
Endnotesp. 259
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