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The Resource The long affair : Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785-1800, Conor Cruise O'Brien

The long affair : Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785-1800, Conor Cruise O'Brien

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The long affair : Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785-1800
Title
The long affair
Title remainder
Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785-1800
Statement of responsibility
Conor Cruise O'Brien
Title variation
Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785-1800
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Certain to be as controversial and explosive as it is elegant and learned, The Long Affair is Conor Cruise O'Brien's examination of Jefferson, as man and icon, through the critical lens of the French Revolution. Unable to speak the language, endowed with few close friends or colleagues, and curiously detached from Parisian intellectual life, Thomas Jefferson seemed an alienated and somewhat homesick Virginia farmer during most of his tenure as American Minister to France. But the advent of the French Revolution seized Jefferson with a new fervor, and in 1789 he returned to the United States an ardent admirer and ally of that cause. O'Brien argues that Jefferson, though enthralled with the ideological mystique of the French Revolution, nevertheless retained a shrewd political pragmatism, skillfully exploiting the Revolution's popularity with the American public. Ultimately, O'Brien suggests, Jefferson's egalitarian ideals came into conflict with his staunch political support for the slave-based Southern economy. Following the slave insurrection in Haiti inspired by the French Revolution, his revolutionary zeal was tempered and began to cool. Concluding with an evaluation of Jefferson's current role in the system of American political beliefs, O'Brien seriously questions whether we can sustain Jefferson's lofty status in an increasingly multiracial America, and he suggests a disturbing link between Jefferson's vision and white supremacist, survivalist extremists. A provocative analysis of the supreme symbol of American history and political culture, The Long Affair will challenge our traditional perceptions of both Jeffersonian history and the Jeffersonian legacy
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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1917-2008.
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O'Brien, Conor Cruise
Dewey number
973.4/092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E332.45.O11
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • France
  • Franse Revolutie
  • Buitenlandse betrekkingen
  • France
  • Französische Revolution
  • Geschichte
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Jefferson, Thomas <1743-1826> - Et la Révolution française
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The long affair : Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785-1800, Conor Cruise O'Brien
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-353) and index
Contents
Prelude: Four Americans in Paris, Circa 1785 : Benjamin Franklin, John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson -- A lonely American : Thomas Jefferson, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of Louis XVI, 1785-87 -- A somewhat clouded crystal ball : Jefferson as witness of the last years of the Ancien Régime, 1786-89 -- Bringing the true God home : the French Revolution in American politics after Jefferson's return, 1789-91 -- Approach and advent of the French Republic, one and indivisible, 1791-92 -- French Revolution in America : the mission of citizen Charles-Edmond Genet, April 1793-January 1794 -- The lingering end of the long affair : Jefferson and the French Revolution after Genet's mission, 1794-1800 -- A thematic overview : liberty, slavery, and the cult of the French Revolution -- Epilogue: Thomas Jefferson and the impending schism in the American civil religion -- Appendix: Madison Hemming's story
Control code
ocm34669232
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 367 p.
Isbn
9780226616568
Lccn
96002968
Other physical details
ill.
Label
The long affair : Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785-1800, Conor Cruise O'Brien
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-353) and index
Contents
Prelude: Four Americans in Paris, Circa 1785 : Benjamin Franklin, John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson -- A lonely American : Thomas Jefferson, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of Louis XVI, 1785-87 -- A somewhat clouded crystal ball : Jefferson as witness of the last years of the Ancien Régime, 1786-89 -- Bringing the true God home : the French Revolution in American politics after Jefferson's return, 1789-91 -- Approach and advent of the French Republic, one and indivisible, 1791-92 -- French Revolution in America : the mission of citizen Charles-Edmond Genet, April 1793-January 1794 -- The lingering end of the long affair : Jefferson and the French Revolution after Genet's mission, 1794-1800 -- A thematic overview : liberty, slavery, and the cult of the French Revolution -- Epilogue: Thomas Jefferson and the impending schism in the American civil religion -- Appendix: Madison Hemming's story
Control code
ocm34669232
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 367 p.
Isbn
9780226616568
Lccn
96002968
Other physical details
ill.

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