- Series: American Political Thought
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Kansas; Reprint edition (September 25, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780700616787
- ISBN-13: 978-0700616787
- ASIN: 0700616780
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People (American Political Thought) Reprint Edition
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"An elegantly written, cogently argued interpretation that should generate many valuable discussions not only about Jefferson's thought but, more important, about the kinds of virtues and values required of a people who mean to govern themselves."—Journal of American History
"The best exposition we have of Jefferson’s thought."—American Political Science Review
"At a time when all of us have opinions about Thomas Jefferson's character, Jean Yarbrough is the first to understand that his ideas about our character are far more interesting. Yarbrough deftly probes the interweaving of concern with both private and public virtue that marked Jefferson's thinking, giving praise where it is due and criticism where it is deserved. The result is a morally engaged and thoughtful inquiry into the fundamental character of democratic citizenship from a leading student of early American political theory."—Jack Rakove, author of Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
"Jean Yarbrough has produced a searching revaluation of America's philosopher-statesman, Jefferson—a man too philosophic to be a statesman, too political to excel as philosopher. Yarbrough shows him absorbed in the work of uniting rights and virtue, enabling a free people to govern itself and to live together competently in self-reliance. True to the man and his time, yet profoundly useful today, her distinguished book presents this American hero as he was so that we can learn from him."—Harvey Mansfield, author of Machiavelli's Virtue and Taming the Prince
"The best exposition we have of Jefferson's thought."