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Description - Master of the Mountain by Henry Wiencek

Is there anything new to say about Thomas Jefferson and slavery? The answer is a resounding yes. Master of the Mountain, Henry Wiencek's eloquent, persuasive book - based on new information coming from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson's papers - opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson's world. We must, Wiencek suggests, follow the money. So far, historians have offered only easy irony or paradox to explain this extraordinary Founding Father who was an emancipationist in his youth and then recoiled from his own inspiring rhetoric and equivocated about slavery; who enjoyed his renown as a revolutionary leader yet kept some of his own children as slaves. But Wiencek's Jefferson is a man of business and public affairs who makes a success of his debt-ridden plantation thanks to what he calls the "silent profits" gained from his slaves - and thanks to a skewed moral universe that he and thousands of others readily inhabited. The pursuit of happiness had been badly distorted, and an oligarchy was getting very rich. Is this the quintessential American story?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374534028
ISBN-10: 0374534020
Format: Paperback
Imprint: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Henry Wiencek

Henry Wiencek, a nationally prominent historian and writer, is the author of several books, including "The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White," which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1999, and "An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America "(FSG, 2003). He lives with his wife and son in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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