Bibliography (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
Boorstin, Daniel J. The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Holt, 1948. This is still the best introduction to the place of Jefferson in the American Enlightenment.
Ellis, Joseph J. American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
Ferling, John E. Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. While not always complimentary to his subjects, Ferling presents a solid view of how these three men contributed to shaping a revolution. Maps and bibliography.
Levy, Leonard W. Jefferson and Civil Liberties: The Darker Side. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1963. Levy demonstrates that as a civil libertarian Jefferson acted very much the same as his contemporaries, however advanced his preachings.
McCoy, Drew R. The Elusive Republic. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1980. This serves as an introduction to Jefferson’s republican ideology and his special concern with economic policy as an expression of republicanism.
Malone, Dumas. Thomas Jefferson and His Time. 6 vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1948-1981. The definitive multivolume work. By a considerable margin, this is the longest...
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