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Negro President - Jefferson and the Slave Power

Garry Wills

In “Negro President” the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Garry Wills explores a pivotal moment in American history through the lens of Thomas Jefferson and the now largely forgotten Timothy Pickering, and “prods readers to appreciate essential aspects of our distressed but well-intentioned representative democracy” (Chicago Tribune). In 1800 Jefferson won the presidential election with Electoral College votes derived from the three-fifths representation of slaves — slaves who could not vote but were still partially counted as citizens. Moving beyond the recent revisionist debate over Jefferson’s own slaves and his relationship with Sally Hemings, Wills instead probes the heart of Jefferson’s presidency and political life, revealing how the might of the slave states remained a concern behind his most important policies and decisions. In an eye-opening, ingeniously argued exposE, Wills restores Timothy Pickering and the Federalists’ dramatic struggle to our understanding of Jefferson, the creation of the new nation, and the evolution of our representative democracy.

In “Negro President” the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Garry Wills explores a pivotal moment in American history through the lens of Thomas Jefferson and the now largely forgotten Timothy Pickering, and “prods readers to appreciate essential aspects of our distressed but well-intentioned representative democracy” (Chicago Tribune). In 1800 Jefferson won the presidential election with Electoral College votes derived from the three-fifths representation of slaves — slaves who could not vote but were still partially counted as citizens. Moving beyond the recent revisionist debate over Jefferson’s own slaves and his relationship with Sally Hemings, Wills instead probes the heart of Jefferson’s presidency and political life, revealing how the might of the slave states remained a concern behind his most important policies and decisions. In an eye-opening, ingeniously argued exposE, Wills restores Timothy Pickering and the Federalists’ dramatic struggle to our understanding of Jefferson, the creation of the new nation, and the evolution of our representative democracy.
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In “Negro President” the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Garry Wills explores a pivotal moment in American history through the lens of Thomas Jefferson and the now largely forgotten Timothy Pickering, and “prods readers to appreciate essential aspects of our distressed but well-intentioned representative democracy” (Chicago Tribune). In 1800 Jefferson won the presidential election with Electoral College votes derived from the three-fifths representation of slaves — slaves who could not vote but were still partially counted as citizens. Moving beyond the recent revisionist debate over Jefferson’s own slaves and his relationship with Sally Hemings, Wills instead probes the heart of Jefferson’s presidency and political life, revealing how the might of the slave states remained a concern behind his most important policies and decisions. In an eye-opening, ingeniously argued exposE, Wills restores Timothy Pickering and the Federalists’ dramatic struggle to our understanding of Jefferson, the creation of the new nation, and the evolution of our representative democracy.

Language:

English

Length:

8h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

26:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

30:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

28:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:15


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

28:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

29:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:31