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Author Crawford, Alan Pell.

Title Twilight at Monticello : the final years of Thomas Jefferson / Alan Pell Crawford.

Published New York : Random House, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  973.46092 JEFF/ CRAW    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xxviii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-309) and index.
Contents Prologue: "I Shall Be for Ever at Ease" xv -- Part 1 Morning and Midday -- Chapter 1 A Society of Would-be Country Squires 3 -- Chapter 2 An Upcountry Prince 8 -- Chapter 3 Education of a Philosopher 14 -- Chapter 4 Young Revolutionary 17 -- Chapter 5 Crucible of Revolution 20 -- Chapter 6 Whence He Might Contemplate the Whole Universe 24 -- Chapter 7 Hated Occupations of Politics 26 -- Chapter 8 Revolutionary Takes Command 33 -- Chapter 9 In a State of Almost Total Incapacity 41 -- Part 2 Late Afternoon and Sunset -- Chapter 10 A Prisoner Released from His Chains 55 -- Chapter 11 Elevated Above the Mass of Mankind 63 -- Chapter 12 When I Expect to Settle my Grandchildren 70 -- Chapter 13 Shock of an Earthquake 78 -- Chapter 14 Old Friends Reunited 83 -- Chapter 15 At War Again 91 -- Chapter 16 This Enterprise Is for the Young 98 -- Chapter 17 When I Reflect That God Is Just 105 -- Chapter 18 A Library for "the American Statesman" 110 -- Chapter 19 Jeff Randolph Takes a Wife 113 -- Chapter 20 Realm of "Sobriety and Cool Reason" 117 -- Chapter 21 To Witness the Death of All Our Companions 123 -- Chapter 22 Eternal Preservation of... Republican Principles 128 -- Chapter 23 Indulgent Patriarch 134 -- Chapter 24 "Yellow Children" of the Mountaintop 139 -- Chapter 25 Something Very Great and Very New 150 -- Chapter 26 Struggling "All Our Lives with Debt & Difficulty" 157 -- Chapter 27 Blood in the Streets of Charlottesville 164 -- Chapter 28 Fire, Sickness, Drought, and Storm 170 -- Chapter 29 A Philosophe's Faith 182 -- Chapter 30 We Shall Have Every Religious Man in Virginia Against Us 190 -- Chapter 31 Death Knell of the Union 194 -- Chapter 32 "Hideous Evil" of Slavery 197 -- Chapter 33 "Ah, Jefferson!" "Ah, Lafayette!" 201 -- Chapter 34 More Than Patience Could Endure 208 -- Chapter 35 Take Care of Me When Dead... 213 -- Chapter 36 An Inspiration from the Realms of Bliss 223 -- Chapter 37 I Have Given My Whole Life to My Country 227 -- Chapter 38 Is It the Fourth? 234.
Summary "Much has been written about Thomas Jefferson, with good reason: His life was a great American drama - one of the greatest - played out in compelling acts. He was the architect of our democracy, a visionary chief executive who expanded this nation's physical boundaries to unimagined lengths. But Twilight at Monticello is something entirely new: an unprecedented and engrossing personal look at the intimate Jefferson in his final years that will change the way readers think about this true American icon. It was during these years - from his return to Monticello in 1809 after two terms as president until his death in 1826 - that Jefferson's idealism would be most severely, and heartbreakingly, tested." "Based on new research and documents culled from the Library of Congress, the Virginia Historical Society, and other special collections, including hitherto unexamined letters from family, friends, and Monticello neighbors, Alan Pell Crawford paints an authoritative and deeply moving portrait of Thomas Jefferson as private citizen - the first original depiction of the man in more than a generation." "Here, told masterly detail, is Jefferson with his family at Monticello, dealing with illness and the indignities wrought by early-nineteenth-century medicine; coping with massive debt and the immense costs associated with running a grand residence; navigating public disputes and mediating family squabbles; receiving dignitaries and corresponding with close friends, including John Adams, the Marquis de Lafayette, and other heroes from the Revolution. Enmeshed as he was in these affairs during his final years, Jefferson was still a viable political force, advising his son-in-law Thomas Randolph during his terms as Virginia governor, helping the administration of his good friend President James Madison during the "internal improvements" controversy, and establishing the first wholly secular American institution of higher learning, the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. We also see Jefferson's views on slavery evolve, along with his awareness of the costs to civil harmony exacted by the Founding Fathers' failure to effectively reconcile slaveholding within a republic dedicated to liberty." "Right up until his death on the fiftieth anniversary of America's founding, Thomas Jefferson remained an indispensable man, albeit a supremely human one. And it is precisely that figure Alan Pell Crawford introduces to us in the revelatory Twilight at Monticello."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Homes and haunts -- Virginia -- Albemarle County.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Family.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Friends and associates.
Monticello (Va.) -- History -- 19th century.
Presidents -- Retirement -- United States -- Case studies.
Plantation life -- Virginia -- Albemarle County -- History -- 19th century.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Ex-presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Albemarle County (Va.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
ISBN 9781400060795 (alk. paper)
1400060796 (alk. paper)