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In political speech, Jefferson is the eternal flame, over the last three generations serving both Left and Right. Franklin Roosevelt asserted the need for "a Jeffersonian" president. Jefferson was the favorite of Harry Truman, had an ardent fan in Ronald Reagan so ... who owns him? Andrew Burstein's study is about two Jeffersons: a controversial partisan moralist and the preeminent symbol of democratic genius. What will Jefferson become as the 21st century develops?
Andrew Burstein is an emeritus member of the Advisory Board of Monticello's Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. He is the Charles P. Manship Professor of History at Louisiana State University. He is married to Nancy Isenberg, also a historian and coauthor with Andrew of Madison and Jefferson.
Held in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Reading Room in the Jefferson Library. Talk begins a 4 pm followed by book selling & signing at 5 pm.