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Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders by Denise A. Spellberg (review)

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders by Denise A. Spellberg (review) JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Fall 2014) reported that about 200 out of 500 died.2 I had access only to Chisholm's second edition, while Smith used the first, but I doubt that that fact was changed. Moreover, the second edition responds to accusations that Chisholm had attacked the Bolama project as a means of discrediting abolitionism (Chisholm, 102). Unfortunately Smith, who frequently links his story to the horrors of slavery and the slave trade, missed this possible reason for Chisholm's focus on the Hankey. None of these or other errors question Smith's overall argument. But, given the circumstantial nature of the evidence, the scope of some of Smith's broader claims, and the book's role in expanding Atlantic history, these flaws are troubling. Ro bert V. Well s is an emeritus professor of history at Union College. He has published extensively on American demographic history, including Elizabeth Drinker's observations on the 1793 Philadelphia epidemic. Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders. By Denise A. Spellberg. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Pp. xv 392. Cloth, $27.95.) Reviewed by Frank Cogliano In January 2007, Keith Ellison was sworn in as the representative of Minnesota's 5th congressional district. Representative Ellison's swearingin http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders by Denise A. Spellberg (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 34 (3) – Aug 12, 2014

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JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Fall 2014) reported that about 200 out of 500 died.2 I had access only to Chisholm's second edition, while Smith used the first, but I doubt that that fact was changed. Moreover, the second edition responds to accusations that Chisholm had attacked the Bolama project as a means of discrediting abolitionism (Chisholm, 102). Unfortunately Smith, who frequently links his story to the horrors of slavery and the slave trade, missed this possible reason for Chisholm's focus on the Hankey. None of these or other errors question Smith's overall argument. But, given the circumstantial nature of the evidence, the scope of some of Smith's broader claims, and the book's role in expanding Atlantic history, these flaws are troubling. Ro bert V. Well s is an emeritus professor of history at Union College. He has published extensively on American demographic history, including Elizabeth Drinker's observations on the 1793 Philadelphia epidemic. Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders. By Denise A. Spellberg. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Pp. xv 392. Cloth, $27.95.) Reviewed by Frank Cogliano In January 2007, Keith Ellison was sworn in as the representative of Minnesota's 5th congressional district. Representative Ellison's swearingin

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Aug 12, 2014

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