The Essential Jefferson Author:edited by Albert Fried The Essential Jefferson presents a selection of writings which illuminate the character, theories, achievements, and personal relationships of a most extraordinary American. They range in time from early papers Thomas Jefferson composed as a young law student to his correspondence with John Adams almost a century later. Included are his origin... more »al draft of the Declaration of Independence, his letters to Maria Conway on love, and his Inaugural address.
The book is arranged chronologically to reflect the major currents of his political life, and is divided into sections: Early Years, 1743-1774, Revolutionist: 1774-1778, Legislator and Governor: 19779-1781, Notes on Virginia: 1781-1782, Delegate and Minister: 1783-1789, Secretary of State, 1790-1793, Democratic-Republican: 1794-1801, President: 1801-1809, Monticello, 1809-1826. Each section begins with a concise, lucid introduction to the documents which provide an intimate glimpse of Jefferson as philosopher and politician, patriot and cosmopolite, husband and friend.« less