American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

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American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

Author: Joseph J. Ellis
Publisher: Vintage Books
Copyright: 1998
Pages: 440
Cover Price: $ 16.00

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Following his subject from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirement in Monticello, Joseph Ellis unravels the contradictions of the Jeffersonian character. A marvel of scholarship, a delight to read, and an essential gloss on the Jeffersonian legacy.

Joseph J. Ellis, a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College, is a nationally recognized scholar of American history from colonial times through the early decades of the Republic. The author of seven books, he is recipient of the National Book Award in Nonfiction for this book and the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, founded the Democratic-Republican Party and was the third President. The Declaration of Independence was promulgated by the Second Continental Congress and declared independence for the 13 colonies from Britain.