Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves by Henry Wiencek (review)

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves by Henry Wiencek (review) REVIEWS the two made extremely important contributions to the stability of the early republic, a fragile operation at best, and one that benefited enormously from having two such skilled men at the head of its finances. He rber t Sl oan is professor of history at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of Principle and Interest: Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt (New York, 1995). Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. By Henry Wiencek. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. Pp. 336. Cloth, $28.00.) Reviewed by Douglas R. Egerton Henry Wiencek, the author of An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America (New York, 2003), here takes on the far more daunting task of investigating Thomas Jefferson's lifelong entanglement with race and unfree labor. Compared to the uncomplicated, straightforward soldier whose military service and subsequent political career revealed a slow but steady retreat from slavery, the enigmatic master of Monticello makes for a far more elusive subject. As journalist Jon Meacham's recent biography, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (New York, 2012), suggests, Jefferson's views on race and his refusal to divest himself of a practice he http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves by Henry Wiencek (review)

Journal of the Early Republic, Volume 33 (3) – Jul 5, 2013

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REVIEWS the two made extremely important contributions to the stability of the early republic, a fragile operation at best, and one that benefited enormously from having two such skilled men at the head of its finances. He rber t Sl oan is professor of history at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of Principle and Interest: Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt (New York, 1995). Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. By Henry Wiencek. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. Pp. 336. Cloth, $28.00.) Reviewed by Douglas R. Egerton Henry Wiencek, the author of An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America (New York, 2003), here takes on the far more daunting task of investigating Thomas Jefferson's lifelong entanglement with race and unfree labor. Compared to the uncomplicated, straightforward soldier whose military service and subsequent political career revealed a slow but steady retreat from slavery, the enigmatic master of Monticello makes for a far more elusive subject. As journalist Jon Meacham's recent biography, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (New York, 2012), suggests, Jefferson's views on race and his refusal to divest himself of a practice he

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