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One-Day Seminar: Jefferson – Revered & Reviled hosted by the United States Military Academy (West Point, NY)

August 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thomas Jefferson portrait by Rembrandt Peale, 1800

Join TAH.org at the United States Military Academy (West Point, NY) for a one-day seminar on Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson served as a lightning rod for controversy. Few major figures in American history provoked such a polarization of public opinion. To the Marquis de Lafayette, he stood out as “everything that is good, upright, enlightened, and clever,” a man “respected and beloved by everyone that knows him.” Martha Washington disagreed; she considered Jefferson “one of the most detestable of mankind.” While his supporters organized festivals in his honor where they launched fireworks, marched in parades, and praised him in poems and songs, Federalists portrayed him as a dilettante and demagogue, double-faced and dangerously radical, as an atheist and “Anti-Christ” hostile to Christianity. This colloquium investigates the factors that made Jefferson such a divisive figure. How did his own actions combine with events beyond his control to shape the development of his two-sided image?

Registration: 8:30 am

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August 13, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


New York