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The Levy Family and Monticello, 1834-1923: Saving Thomas Jefferson's House(Signed copy)

Urofsky, Melvin I.

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ISBN 10: 1882886151 / ISBN 13: 9781882886159
Published by U.S.A.: The University of North Carolina Press, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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FIne condition hardback book with one 1/6 indentation at the top edge of the back cover. FIne condition dust jacket that has small indentation on the front cover and one light scratch visible only perfect light. Illustrated with black and white photographs. 7x10 256 pages. SIgned and inscribed by the author. To access more of our many US history books search Abebooks.com using our unique keyword USHISTBX or visit our shop in Fort Worth!. Bookseller Inventory # GMSC 2207

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Title: The Levy Family and Monticello, 1834-1923: ...

Publisher: U.S.A.: The University of North Carolina Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Each year more than a half-million people from around the world visit Monticello, but few realize that Thomas Jefferson's house was also home to the family of U.S. Navy Captain Uriah P. Levy and his nephew Jefferson Monroe Levy, a United States Congressman. Even fewer realize that without the Levy family's stewardship, there might not be a Monticello to visit. Although the Levys literally saved Monticello from ruin--not once, but twice--in the nineteenth century, and actually owned the property longer than Jefferson, the family's vital contributions to preserving Thomas Jefferson's home have been largely ignored or minimized. In a story filled with drama, irony, political wrangling, and legal battles, Professor Melvin I. Urofsky corrects the misconception that a "century of ruin and neglect" marked Monticello between Jefferson's death and the creation of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private, nonprofit organization that today owns and operates Monticello.

The story of the Levys and Monticello is a story of the blending of cultures and personalities, of Yankees and Virginians, of Jews and Christians, of city folk and rural people. It is the story of the power of a symbol, and how in America such symbols cut across lines of religion and class and ethnicity. And behind all of this is the towering presence of Thomas Jefferson.

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Melvin I. Urofsky is professor of history and public policy at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The author and editor of more than three dozen books, he co-edited the multi-volume Letters of Louis D. Brandeis and authored The Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary, as well as Division and Discord: The Supreme Court under Stone and Vinson, 1941-1953.

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