Becoming Jefferson's People: Re-Inventing the American Republic in the Twenty-First Century

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Thomas Jefferson was the principal dreamer of the Founding Fathers. Pragmatic utopian and practical visionary, Jefferson was one of the most creative men who ever lived. He penned the thirty-five most revolutionary words in the history of the English language: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson has written a bold call for a Jeffersonian renewal in America. "We need the Sage of Monticello's vision as we begin what is the most difficult periods of American history."

The Jeffersonian consists of self-reliance, an uncompromising dedication to liberty (over security, profit, comfort, and tradition), an unambiguous wall of seperation between church and state, first-rate public education, thoughtfulness and diffidence about America's place in the world, and a commitment to civility.

Jefferson brought genius (not to mention reason, good sense, and idealism) to whatever he undertook, and he believed that the purpose of America was not to seek glory and profit in the world's arena, but to build a nation of equality, justice, and cultural achievement.

Becoming Jefferson's People is part manifesto, part call for a new political persuasion in the United States, part self-help book, and part critique of the consumerist world empire that the United States has become at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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Clay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar in residence at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He is also senior fellow for the Center for Digital Government in Sacramento, California. The author of six books, including an edition of the writings of the Lewis and Clark expedition in North Dakota. Clay addresses public audiences throughout the United States about Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, the history and future of American agrarianism, classical literature, and leadership. A scholar of the American presidency, Clay is an expert on the administrations of Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. He leads cultural tours on the Lewis and Clark trail and to Jefferson's Virginia, as well as to France and Greece. Clay is, also, the voice of Thomas Jefferson on the weekly radio program, The Thomas Jefferson Hour®. His deepest loyalties are to his daughter Catherine Missouri and to North Dakota, which he considers the most Jeffersonian place in America.

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Becoming Jefferson's People is a clarion call for those who wish to take back their country. -- John Ferling, author of Adams vs Jefferson and A Leap in the Dark, December 2004

Clay Jenkinson has provided a truly welcome invitation for the American people to return to their best selves. -- Deepak Chopra, author of Books of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life, December 2004

Jenkinson rediscovers the vital and robust Jefferson and restores our trust in boldness, optimism, and self-reliance. -- Landon Y. Jones, auther of William Clark and the Shaping of the West and former editor of "People" Magazine, December 2004

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