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Thomas Jefferson's military academy : founding West Point

Author: Robert M S McDonald
Publisher: Charlottesville, Va. : University of Virginia Press, 2004.
Series: Jeffersonian America.
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"Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy is the most comprehensive treatment to date of the origins, purposes, and legacies of the school Jefferson established on the cliffs above the Hudson River. In a series of essays, an interdisciplinary group of military historians, legal and constitutional scholars, and experts on Jefferson's thought challenge the conventional wisdom that the third president's founding of the
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M S McDonald
ISBN: 0813922984 9780813922980
OCLC Number: 55016997
Description: xix, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Peter S. Onuf --
Military education before West Point / Don Higginbotham --
"Necessary and proper": West Point and Jefferson's constitutionalism / David N. Mayer --
Great men and embryo-Caesars: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the figure in arms / Elizabeth D. Samet --
The Military Academy in the context of Jeffersonian reform / Theodore J. Crackel --
Mr. Jefferson's Academy: an educational interpretation / Jennings L. Wagoner Jr. and Christine Coalwell McDonald --
Developing "republican machines": West Point and the struggle to render the Officer Corps safe for America, 1802-33 / Samuel J. Watson --
West Point's lost founder: Jefferson remembered, forgotten, and reconsidered / Robert M.S. McDonald --
Afterword: The role of military virtues in preserving our republican institutions / Jean M. Yarbrough.
Series Title: Jeffersonian America.
Responsibility: edited by Robert M.S. McDonald.
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