American Sphinx


Author: Joseph J. Ellis SKU: 5399 Category:


Following Thomas Jefferson from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirement in Monticello, Ellis unravels the contradictions of the Jeffersonian character. He gives us the slaveholding libertarian who was capable of decrying miscegenation while maintaining an intimate relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings; the enemy of government power who exercised it audaciously as president; and the visionary who remained curiously blind to the inconsistencies in his nature.