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Notes on the State of Virginia (Penguin Classics) annotated edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0140436679
ISBN-10: 0140436677
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"This is a Bedford book that is long overdue, and David Waldstreicher is a superb choice as editor. This new edition of Notes on the State of Virginia is informed by the more recent scholarship on Jefferson, which the editor knows cold, and it will attract a substantial audience among college teachers, yours truly included." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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[Peden] has made available the authoritative edition of one of the most important books to emerge in eighteenth-century America. He has set forth the history of its reception and criticism in such a way as to establish his point that in the 'Notes on Virginia' Jefferson 'produced one of America's first permanent literary and intellectual landmarks.'--Virginia Quarterly Review

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; annotated edition edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140436677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140436679
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The book is written much like an epic poem- with lists of river, towns, economic conditions etc in 1780s. But also much more: His feeling on race. He obviously did not hate blacks, proposed a theory that they were less intelligent, had an aesthetic view of man akin to Gulliver's Travels and the horses. Theory of education is much akin to European model of today, much better than current theories in use. He opposed multiculturalism and opposed teaching children religion in schools or anyplace else, preferring Greek, Roman and European histories and philosophy for guidance of children. The difference between the America he wanted and the reality of today is striking. Which is better? Each must judge, but this is a must read book.
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Format: Hardcover
Thomas Jefferson's " Notes on the State of Virginia" is a brilliant piece of history, sociology, law, geology, government,and science. This work, Jefferson's only book, shows his powerful, brilliant mind at it's best. Jefferson shows the depth of his knowledge, not just on his own beautiful state, but on human nature itself. Some of the gems in this work are his views on education, advocating free public education for all, free government, advocating a revisal of the defective original Virginia Constitution. His knowledge of slavery, and the Indian races before his eyes are from personal experience and observation. Although painted by the deconstuctionist left as a "racist" Jefferson was a dangerous radical to the Virginia gentry due to his advocacy of emacipation and deportation of slaves. His views on black inferiority are exaggerated since he placed them forth as a scientific hypothesis based on personal observation. Jefferson could not see a "multicultural" society in America made up of former masters and slaves with resentment and prejudice still in the hearts of both. Many of his predictions about race relations have come true: hate, resentment, power struggles, and a continuing obsession which he forsaw would destroy the America Republic.
The best edited version of the is Koch and Peden's edited on in "The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson", but the full Notes is very good, but the reader must be prepared for numerous charts and tables. Overall a great book, and buy!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
For those who are fascinated with the life and genius of Thomas Jefferson, this Kindle edition is invaluable. In his letters, Jefferson mentions the Notes several times. Written during the Revolutionary War, it gives his perspective on the state of commerce, wild life, relations with Native Americans, and his personal thoughts on slavery. As an original-source document, it is without a doubt one of the best ways of getting to know Jefferson the man.

The only issue the Kindle edition has is that charts show up very small, unlike the text, but they are decipherable.
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The more I read about Jefferson and by Jefferson the more I understand just how complicated he was. There are some aspects of his life and personality that seem impossible to reside within one person. Lots more reading to do but this is a must read.
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I love it for many reasons. The first one is that it was free for me! Secondly, it is in my time period of study. It is a primary source of a President and of properties, etc. There are things that we may not think of as accurate now, but for his time, he was not only accurate in thought, but also scientifically. This is his opinions bound up for us. Even if you do not like his politics, it is an interesting read. You will find out that he really was a Diest! Gasp! Not what is being said about him now. Go ahead and read it, I dare you.
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By SheerClass on January 2, 2013
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There wasn't anything really special about this book. In fact, most of the interesting and telling information occurs in the last few chapters. But, if you're looking for a historical book that lists every nook and cranny almost of Virginia, then this is it.
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Wow, if you ever wondered why we have so much racial strife, read what the founding father thought - his real words completely dispel the myth that Jefferson was democratic or believed in inequality - not at all! To him Native Americans and Africans were inferior species of humans...it explains why we still have hurt and turmoil, this country was founded on racist tenants...and BTW I am a white person....
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Format: Hardcover
I recomend The book which was edited with an introduction and notes by William Peden. I have an orginal copy of "Notes on the State of Virginia" Second Amarican edition Printed in 1797, on loan to the Monticello, (of which I am welling to part with at the right price). This was a hard book to understand, once I read the one edited by William Peden, I had a much better understanding of what Mr. Jefferson wrote, as well as the history of Mr. Jefferson's efforts in acheaving it's final contents.
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