The Enigma of Thomas Jefferson: Jefferson as French Ambassador, Secretary of State, and Party Leader (Prerecorded)John Boles
In this 4 part series, "The Enigma of Thomas Jefferson," John Boles, author and retired William P. Hobby Professor of History at Rice University, examines Jefferson holistically and in the context of his age and place, and attempts to discover a Jefferson appropriate for our time. Jefferson’s range of interests and accomplishments are stunning, and he articulated the highest ideas of political and religious freedom. He was always an advocate of education. Scientist, architect, political philosopher, and much more, this multifaceted man often inspires us. But just as often he disappoints us. He was not a progressive in the realm of women’s rights, and, although a lifetime opponent of slavery, he never freed his own slaves or worked actively as president to advance abolition. How do we come to terms with this complex thinker? How is he to be understood?
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This is Lecture 2/4: Jefferson as French Ambassador, Secretary of State, and Party Leader
Other lectures in this series available for purchase include:
Lecture 1: The Enigma of Thomas Jefferson: Jefferson in the Era of the American Revolution (Prerecorded)
Lecture 3: The Enigma of Thomas Jefferson: Jefferson as President (Prerecorded)
Lecture 4: The Enigma of Thomas Jefferson: Jefferson and the Problem of Slavery (Prerecorded)
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