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Jefferson, nationalism, and the enlightenment

Author: Henry Steele Commager
Publisher: New York : G. Braziller, [1975]
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History should not be written with one eye cocked on the passing scene. These essays, written over a period of years, were not designed as current commentary; they attempt, rather, to recreate and if possible illuminate the American past in its own terms. But an introduction may be indulged in greater latitude than the essays themselves, for it is an amiable literary fiction that introductions are prefatory rather  Read more...
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Commager, Henry Steele, 1902-1998.
Jefferson, nationalism, and the enlightenment.
New York : G. Braziller, [1975]
(OCoLC)756437939
Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Steele Commager
ISBN: 0807607657 9780807607657
OCLC Number: 1226580
Description: xx, 196 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
Contents: America and the Enlightenment --
Jefferson and the Enlightenment --
The Declaration of Independence: an expression of the American mind --
The pursuit of happiness --
The American Enlightenment and the ancient world: a study in paradox --
The past as an extension of the present --
The origins and nature of American nationalism.
Responsibility: Henry Steele Commager.

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History should not be written with one eye cocked on the passing scene. These essays, written over a period of years, were not designed as current commentary; they attempt, rather, to recreate and if possible illuminate the American past in its own terms. But an introduction may be indulged in greater latitude than the essays themselves, for it is an amiable literary fiction that introductions are prefatory rather than conclusive. Here, then, I can ask more explicitly questions the essays themselves merely suggest.

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