- Paperback: 523 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books (Jan. 30 1968)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316544701
- ISBN-13: 978-0316544702
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.1 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 526 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,088,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jefferson and the Rights of Man - Volume II Paperback – Jan 30 1968
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"Jefferson and the Rights ofMan" is better, even, than its predecessor, and that is saying agreat deal. What I like particularly is that Malone... has by some great miracle, achieved something of Jefferson's own combination of profundity and erudition andgracefulness.--Henry Steele Commager
"Jefferson and the Rights of Man" is better, even, than its predecessor, and that is saying a great deal. What I like particularly is that Malone... has by some great miracle, achieved something of Jefferson's own combination of profundity and erudition and gracefulness.--Henry Steele Commager
Jefferson and the Rights of Man is better, even, than its predecessor, and that is saying a great deal. What I like particularly is that Malone... has by some great miracle, achieved something of Jefferson's own combination of profundity and erudition and gracefulness.--Henry Steele Commager --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Jefferson's European mission starts off this volume, concluding with his service as the United States's first Secretary of State under George Washington. But, in between we see Jefferson laying the seeds of his philosophy and the implication regarded as timeless and universal.
George Washington's first term was a proving ground for Jefferson to get his views across to Washington, but Washington has Hamilton and there in lies the rub. As political parties were in their infancy, the time was ripe for a political view points to be exploited and Hamilton was up to task. So, naturally Jefferson had a different view point and was voicing his opinion to Washington.
Jefferson in this period of time was primarily concerned with foreign affairs which kept him busy as Great Britain was being pulled into a European war. But the "war" between Jefferson and Hamilton was just begining. Jefferson was well aware of the implicit dangers in the political and economic situation, but Enlightenment was budding and thus, begining to give proof of his undying faith, that men and society can be saved by means of knowledge.
This period in Jefferson's life is the richest with regards to private friendships and will lay the bricks to the foundation to the rest of his life. As Jefferson begins his battle with the Federalists, Hamilton is his primary opposition.
Jefferson is not worthy of our interest because of Sally Hemmings and because he kept slaves. Jefferson is great because of the Declaration of Independence and his fight for the rights of man. While it may have been hypocritical to preach liberty and keep slaves, it is doubtful that slavery ever would have been abolished if Jefferson had never gained the prominence that he did. This book and the others that follow show why we should continue to honor the public man even though his private side may have been wanting.
Mr Jefferson was by every means a slave-holder. Thus, this idea of linking his name to the Rights of Man is a contradiction.
If Dumas Malone must continue on this track, then he should mention the names of John Adams, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Abraham Lincoln, and we shall listen to him. Thomas Jefferson does not fit in this realm. He doesn't belong here! But, I am not really surprised. This book was published in 1951: at the peak of Color-Bar.