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  • Published: 25 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780593229316
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $41.99
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In the Hands of the People

Thomas Jefferson and the Art of Citizenship



An inspiring manual on how to be a good citizen today, from Thomas Jefferson and others. Edited and with an introduction and essays by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham and with an afterword by Pulitzer Prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed.

Thomas Jefferson believed in the covenant between a government and its citizens--in both the government's responsibilities to its people and the people's responsibility to the republic. In this illuminating book, a project of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham presents selections from Jefferson's writing on the subject, with comments on Jefferson's ideas from others, including Colin Powell, Madeline Albright, Frederick Douglas, Carl Sagan, American Presidents, others.

Meacham writes of how Jefferson's words provide an enrichment for U.S. citizens in the twenty-first century. His thoughts revitalize the way readers relate to Jeffersonian concepts including Freedom: "Divided we stand, united we fall." The importance of a free press:"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." Public education: "Enlighten the public generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body & mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day." Participation in government: A citizen should be "a participator in the government of affairs not merely at an election, one day in the year, but every day."

There are also sections on immigration, voting, equality, patriotism, partisanship, and with introductions to each subject by Meacham. This book will be enlightening for all citizens of the American republic.

  • Published: 25 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780593229316
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $41.99
Categories:

About the author

Jon Meacham

JON MEACHAM is the author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, which won the Pulitzer Prizeand the author of theNew York Times bestsellers Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship and American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation.He is also most recently the editor of American Homer: Reflections on Shelby Foote and His Classic The Civil War. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.

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