Notes on the State of Virginia (Penguin Classics)

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Jefferson’s chronicle of the natural, social, and political history of Virginia is at once a scientific discourse, an attempt to define America, and a brilliant examination of the idea of freedom.

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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

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David Waldstreicher has taught at Bennington College and Yale University and is now associate professor at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 (1997), which won the Jamestown Prize of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and most recently has published The Struggle Against Slavery, 1619--1863: A History in Documents (2001). A fellow at the New York Public Library's Center for Scholars and Writers in 2001-2002, he is writing Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution.

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