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Confusion … Must Stifle All Enterprize: 1784—1786

Jeff Broadwater

in Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651019
eISBN:
9781469651033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651019.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

As a member of the Virginia assembly, Madison enjoyed considerable success in continuing the process of legal reform Jefferson had begun during the American Revolution, although his efforts to ... More


Notes on the State of Virginia, the Haitian Revolution, and the Return of Epistolarity

Christopher P. Iannini

in Fatal Revolutions: Natural History, West Indian Slavery, and the Routes of American Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835562
eISBN:
9781469601922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807838181_iannini.11
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter argues that the problem of hemispheric slavery is of primary importance in Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia (1787). The problem would continue to weigh heavily on ... More


Mr. Jefferson’s Dilemma

Keith Thomson

in Private Doubt, Public Dilemma: Religion and Science since Jefferson and Darwin

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300203677
eISBN:
9780300213409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203677.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on Thomas Jefferson's ideas about geology and his efforts to relate them to his version of natural theology. Jefferson's greatest contribution to natural science was his detailed ... More


Thomas Jefferson’s Challengers

Greg Carter

in The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814772492
eISBN:
9780814790489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814772492.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia and Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur's Letters of an American Farmer. The Notes employed both science and law to defend the slave ... More


The Myth of Nature’s Nation: The Revolutionary Period

Richard T. Hughes

in Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories That Give Us Meaning

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042065
eISBN:
9780252050800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042065.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

The American myth of Nature’s Nation claims that the United States, and especially its founding documents, owe nothing to human history but reflect the natural order as it came from the hands of the ... More


Jefferson’s Constitutions

Gerald Leonard

in Constitutions and the Classics: Patterns of Constitutional Thought from Fortescue to Bentham

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780198714989
eISBN:
9780191783142
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714989.003.0017
Subject:
Law, Legal History, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter explains Thomas Jefferson’s constitutional thought across half a century, arguing that his commitment to constitutional legalism was at least as fundamental as his limited endorsement of ... More


Epilogue: Mourning the Figure of Three-Fifths

Molly Farrell

in Counting Bodies: Population in Colonial American Writing

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190277314
eISBN:
9780190277338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277314.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

The Epilogue traces the resonances of cataclysm and colonial accountings of race at the turn of the nineteenth century, when population became both an organizing principle of the new US government, ... More


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