Public Program, Author Talk, Presidents and Politics Series Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson's Image in His Own Time 14 September 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Robert McDonald, United States Military Academy

 

 

 

Of all the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson stood out as the most controversial and confounding. Loved and hated, revered and reviled, during his lifetime he served as a lightning rod for dispute. Jefferson anxiously monitored the development of his image. As president he even clipped expressions of praise and scorn from newspapers, pasting them in his personal scrapbooks. Historian Robert M. S. McDonald explores how Jefferson emerged as such a divisive figure. Bridging the gap between high politics and popular opinion, Confounding Father exposes how Jefferson’s bifurcated image took shape both as a product of his own creation and in response to factors beyond his control.

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