Thomas Jefferson’s Enlightenment – Paris 1785


After his wife’s death, Jefferson decided to rebuild his life in the society that produced the marquis de Chastellux. Hardcover edition.

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Readers who are familiar with Thomas Jefferson may not recognize the man pictured in the pages of this colorful “magazine.” Not only is the picture different, the man is different. Thomas Jefferson’s Enlightenment – Paris 1785 is a new kind of history-non-fiction narrative. It does not describe what Jefferson did in France. It takes the reader along as Jefferson does it.
Everyone knows that no man is a hero to his valet. The reader comes to know during eight fascinating divertissements the Jefferson his valet would have seen, being the man, not the monument. While accompany-ing Jefferson and Pierre Cabanis on a series of excursions through Paris in the summer of 1785, the reader sees a real person reacting to real events. Jefferson learned things during these outings that allowed him to become both a member of Parisian high society and apolitical leader when he returned home.
With Cabanis’ help, he grasped the French concept of Progress and came to see himself as its agent. This prepared him for the contest that lay ahead. Within a year of his return, he teamed up with his Virginia neighbor, James Madison, and built a political party that allowed him to take control of the America government in its first national campaign. The political loner who drafted the Declaration of Independence was no more. His place had been taken by an ambitious political man who aimed to become the President of the United States of America.

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