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by Thomas Jefferson

  • ISBN: 1450594425
  • Category: Leaders and Notable People
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Thomas Jefferson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2010)
  • Pages: 128
  • ePub book: 1589 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1906 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 871

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Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. He previously served as the second vice president of the United States from 1797 to 1801.

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New introduction by Michael Zuckerman. In 1821, at the age of seventy-seven, Thomas Jefferson decided to "state some recollections of dates and facts concerning myself. His ancestors, Jefferson writes, came to America from Wales in the early seventeenth century and settled in the Virginia colony.

Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, is one of the most important .

Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, is one of the most important men in the history of the world and one of the most hard to study. James Madison, Jefferson's secretary of state and successor as president, warned future scholars who would try to study the author of the Declaration of Independence that he was a man of many contradictions and is extremely hard to nail down.

During his remarkable lifetime, Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) served his country in many capacities, including .

During his remarkable lifetime, Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) served his country in many capacities, including as the third President of the United States. But ultimately, this gifted individual - an accomplished architect, naturalist, and linguist - wished to be remembered primarily as the writer of the Declaration of Independence. In this autobiography, begun in 1821 when the author was 77, Jefferson touches fleetingly upon his early years before focusing on the period during which he wrote the Declaration.

Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson book. I served with General Washington in the legislature of I just finished reading the Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson. I dearly worship Mr. Jefferson

Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson book. During his remarkable lifetime, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson. It is exceptionally wonderful to read his own words about his life.

At the age of 77, I begin to make some memoranda, and state some recollections of dates and facts concerning myself, for my own more ready reference, and for the information of my family. The tradition in my father's family was, that their ancestor came to this country from Wales, and from near the mountain of Snowdon, the highest in Great Britain.

Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father of the United States who wrote the Declaration of Independence. true old man's milk and restorative cordial. I cannot live without books; but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object. president, he completed the Louisiana Purchase. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), a statesman, Founding Father, author of the Declaration of Independence and the third . president, was a leading figure in America’s early development.

Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential Founding Fathers.

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VAZGINO VAZGINO
So much insight into the founding of our nation . There was one instance which made my laugh out loud. Seems that in the beginning each of the 13 colonies had one rep each. They were to assemble for a vote on a trade treaty which Jefferson was going to France to present and to have authority he needed 9 yes votes but only 7 reps showed up. Well at the last minute 2 more arrived giving him the votes he needed. However he lamented that 13 reps was a unwieldy number to deal with and how would our new government ever mange to get anything done. Today we have 435 members in the house and 100 in the Senate. If Jefferson were alive today he would surely run for the hills. This is a great book written by a great man. We were fortunate to have him in our corner.
Ballazan Ballazan
I had no idea this existed! Jefferson's attempted autobiography is unfinished and short, but it does contain some detailed first hand analysis of both the 2nd Continental Congress and the early days of the French Revolution. It's really interesting hearing about those historical events from Jefferson's point of view. I'm kind of blown away to get to hear his actual words on the events he lived through.
Alsalar Alsalar
Early life and family life missing; he writes very little about his upbringing and relatives. His list of grievances concerning the rule of George 3rd are many and his lawyerly skill in helping to frame the constitution in consultation with the heads of the other colonies (states) is gone into at length. I thought his sojourn in France (he was Francophile) during the storming of the Bastille, when he was ambassador, the most interesting part. Again little mention of Monticello his plantation home. Still, at the price, good value.
one life one life
Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, is one of the most important men in the history of the world and one of the most hard to study. James Madison, Jefferson's secretary of state and successor as president, warned future scholars who would try to study the author of the Declaration of Independence that he was a man of many contradictions and is extremely hard to nail down*. No one who can be in public life as long as Thomas Jefferson was and do so without some sort of inconsistency, since no one stops learning and changing, but Jefferson jumps around more issues then most. Some of his contradictions are extremely famous. Jefferson was a champion of small federal government and more local state power. Nevertheless, he would become one of the presidents most responsible for the increase in federal power with the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson was also a man who detested slavery to the point, as president, abolishing the overseas slave trade in America, and yet he was a man who owned slaves all his life. In this work, Jefferson tells his own story. Unfortunately, like dear Dr. Franklin before him, he does not get to complete his tale.

Jefferson grew up in a world that was changing all around him, born in the middle of the Enlightenment; the old ways were constantly being challenged by new ideas and ways of thinking. Jefferson himself would play a major role in the ever-changing world that he was a part of. As a young man, the American colonies' crisis with their mother country grew larger and Jefferson was a passionate advocate for the American cause. In this work, he lays out the argument of the colonies against mother country.

"In this I took the ground that, from the beginning, I had thought the only one orthodox or tenable, which was, that relation between Great Britain and these colonies was exactly the same as that of England and Scotland, after the accession of James, and until the union, and the same as her present relations with Hanover, having the same executive chief, but no other necessary political connection; and that our emigration from England to this country gave her no more rights over us, than the emigrations of the Danes and the Saxons gave to the present authorities of the mother country over England." p. 7

Basically, what Jefferson brilliantly explains was that the only thing the colonies had in common with Great Britain is that we shared the same king. Other then the shared monarch, we had no other legal connection. This is why the Declaration of Independence targets King George III personally, because from the American position he was the only link we had to break.

My favorite part of the autobiography is when Jefferson gets distracted and starts complaining on how infective legislatures can at times be. What starts out as a topic on the Articles of Confederation's treaty ratification methods, becomes a rant on his poor colleagues.

"Our body was a little numerous, but very contentious. Day after day was wasted on the most unimportant questions. A member, one of those afflicted with the morbid and copious flow of words, who heard with impatience any logic which was not his own, sitting near me on some occasion of a trifling but wordy debate, asked me how I could sit in silence, hearing so much false reasoning, which a word should refute? I observed to him, that to refute was easy, but to silence was impossible; that in measures brought forward by myself, I took the laboring oar, as was incumbent on me; but that in general, I was willing to listen; that if every sound argument or objection was used by some one or other of the numerous debaters, it was enough; if not, I thought it sufficient to suggest the omission, without going into a repetition of what had been already said by others: that this was a waster and abuse of the time and patience of the House, which could not be justified. And I believe that if members of deliberate bodies were to observe this course generally, they would do in a day, what takes them a week; than may at first be thought, whether Bonaparte's dumb legislature, which said nothing, and did much, may not be preferable to one which talks much, and does nothing. I severed with General Washington in the legislature of Virginia, before the revolution, and, during it, with Dr. Franklin in Congress. I never heard either of them speak ten minutes at a time, nor to any but the main point, which decides the question. They laid their shoulders to the great points knowing that the little ones would follow themselves. If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise, in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour? That one hundred and fifty lawyers should do business together, ought not to be expected. But to return again to our subject." p.52-3

In addition to being a leader in the American Revolution, Jefferson was also on hand in France to witness the emerging French Revolution. Jefferson would be a defender and cheerleader for the French Revolution long after he actually should have been. One of the most interesting parts is he blames the entire event of Queen Marie Antoinette.

"The King was now become a passive machine in the hands of the National Assembly, and had he been left to himself, he would have willingly acquiesced in whatever they should devise as best for the nation. A wise constitution would have been formed, hereditary in his line, himself placed at its head, with powers so large as to enable him to do all the good of his station, and so limited, as to restrain him from its abuse. This he would have administered, and more than this, I do not believe, he ever wished. But he had a Queen of absolute sway over his weak mind and timid virtue, and of a character the reverse of his in all points." p.92

Jefferson telling his own tale is a fascinating read, it is so sad they did not live long enough to finish the whole thing. It would have been nice hearing him describe his time as the first secretary of state, second vice president, and third president. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable work.

* I am not quoting Madison directly, but paraphrasing. However I think you can get the main idea.
Kazracage Kazracage
I like the ability to find out what Jefferson really believed in his own words. So much misinformation created by his political enemies muddies the history of a great American. I would recommend this book for anyone who really wants to know the truth about Jefferson and his life, beliefs, policies, etc. Then you can see clearly through the fog of lies and deception spread by political enemies.
Fararala Fararala
Before saying something about the book itself, I would like to address the format. I was a bit disappointed by the fact that the text quite hard to follow (and not because of the other but rather because of the format. It's as if it was scanned and no one bothered to correct it)
Regarding the content of the book, after previously reading the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, my expectation were quite high. I was hoping to get a glimpse of Jefferson as a person. Instead I found a listing of events, acts of congress, bills, etc. There seems to be nothing about him as a person that would offer me insight as to his character.
I assume he valued his privacy but, unlike Franklin's autobiography, this one seemed cold and distant. This coupled with the difficult reading only made me want to finish reading as soon as possible. I wish i would have bought another version of the book.
I have no doubt as to the greatness of this man and, for that reason, I will definitely get one of his biographies on Amazon.
Qag Qag
Jefferson was apparently a private and humble man. His autobiography talks little about himself and much about the detailed events of the founding of our nation. If that interests you, you will find this book interesting...although the language is a bit archaic.
Very interesting. It's interesting to know what Thomas Jefferson was thinking as he went through his travels around the world. This autobiography gets more and more interesting as you get near the end. A good read.