Annotated Bibliography Thomas Jefferson

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Accessed on December 14, 2018. In the month of November 1808, President Thomas Jefferson got a 24 page letter from a slave that partly pleaded with him and partly threatened him to put an end to the rampant racism. Alongside having a transcript of the overlooked letter, the commentaries of the attendants regards the matter with immense provenance, claims, style, sources, and the president’s reception. This article mainly argues on the plight of the racially enslaved people that were overwhelmed to the point that a letter had to be addressed to President Thomas Jefferson. “A Slave” Writes Thomas Jefferson Thomas N. Baker IN February 1809 Thomas Jefferson, as he had done eighteen years earlier with Benjamin Banneker, gave Henri Grégoire a “very soft answer” (134). Baker offers an extensive discussion concerning slave ownership and Jefferson being among the people who enslaved the African Americans (134). This is a reliable source considering the credibility of Baker as a great associate professor who conducted his research thoroughly. Baker offers footnotes that discuss some of Jefferson’s own papers and slaves’ accounts. This article would be significant for my presentation as it relates to slaves’ predicaments during colonialism. This is a reliable source as it gives a vivid account of slavery during Jefferson’s time right from the horses’ mouth. I would recommend this paper to historians who intend to research on the slaves’ accounts. Duncan, Sophie. The Words We Use and The Worlds We Build.  Ethnobiology Letters 9. Accessed on December 14, 2018. Duncan writes this article to elucidate on the arbitrary walls that leaders build.

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She stresses that the walls are distractive in the sense that they greatly divide people. Her main argument is that the leaders that we look up to are the ones responsible for uttering words that create arbitrary walls which in turn segregate people. “…Jefferson was a slave owner who relied on the labor of enslaved people to operate his plantation” (Duncan 12). There is the mention that several authors have refrained from speaking of the matter and they would rather leave things as they are without reaching a conclusive end. The primary focus of this book is on the Jefferson-Hemings relationship that seemed to have traversed race and the enslavement that took place at the time. Several authors have offered immense rebuttal to the claim owing to the fact that “They would have been upset if the story was true.

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Instead, their resistance grew from their notion that psychological and/or physical factors-Jefferson was a racist; Jefferson was impotent-would have prevented an affair with Hemings” (Gordon-Reed and Takagi vii). Gordon-Reed and Takagi further elucidate the fact that authors refrained from actually seeing the stakes involved and giving appropriate regard when it pertains to humanity as well as integrity of the African American people who had been under slavery at Monticello (vii). Accessed on December 14, 2018. Mulberry row was Thomas Jefferson’s idea of creating a dwelling place for the enslaved workers as well as the free white workers who dwelled at Monticello. The main idea in the article is the discrimination that Jefferson portrayed of having the black people and the hired white workmen to have their houses close to one another as they are “inferior” “Mulberry Row was also in many ways the heart of the plantation, and it served as a focal point for the communities of enslaved and free workers who lived at Monticello during Jefferson's lifetime (Hallock 22).

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Hallock claims that Jefferson also had the intention of displaying his richness and wanted to live a luxurious life for himself and his family separately from the men and women that he had enslaved (22). The article offers figures that display the 11,000 square foot plantation that acted as a dwelling for the workmen. This source is reliable as it points out some of Jefferson’s designs and his contribution in architecture and, therefore, the source would be relevant to the architects who intend to analyze some of the primordial designs and relate them to the contemporary designs. The architects could also acquire a clear understanding of the developments that have taken place in architecture during the years. The book offers a number of Jefferson’s designs such as the two Kentucky designs that he made.

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In the event of an architectural presentation, this source would be relevant in displaying Jefferson’s own designs to highlight the fact that a leader could also be allowed to be multifaceted. Klein, Lauren F. This source can be deemed as credible owing to its seamless presentation and would be vital for my presentation in the elucidation of bargaining prerequisites. This article would be relevant to people who intend to make negotiations. Lee, Fred. Reconsidering the Jefferson–Hemings Relationship: Nationalist Historiography without Nationalist Heroes, Racial Sexuality without Racial Significance.  Political Research Quarterly 66. This source is rich in information and would be vital in my presentation while conducting discussions concerning racial discrimination. This article would be recommendable to persons seeking to study enslavement and racial inequality during the times of Thomas Jefferson.

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Monticello. Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville, VA, 2018. p. The source is reliable as it is a clear account of the life and times of Thomas Jefferson with appropriate citations. In the event of a presentation, the website would be useful in obtaining information concerning Jefferson as his biography is clearly outlined. The contents have been well segmented, therefore, making it easier for one to obtain specific information concerning Jefferson. Monticello would be recommended to anyone who wants to get a simple and concise outline of the biography of Thomas Jefferson. Peterson offers a broad discussion on the dominant subjects that guided the career of President Jefferson (17). The book incorporates footnotes and figures that display images of Jefferson and highlight some of the sources where further information concerning him can be obtained. The book is both relevant and reliable and would be suitable for my presentation as it offers a definitive perception or picture of Jefferson’s personal and public life and even the complexities relating to his growth as a leader.

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This book would be recommendable to leaders who may look up to Jefferson or would wish to correct his mistakes in the course of their own leadership. The White house. The White House further asserts that asserts of his notable activities that exemplified his tenacity and vigor (n. p. This is a reliable source as it is a government website that outlines the political lives of the presidents of the United States. There are no appendices or glossaries offered, but an image of Thomas Jefferson which gives one a mental picture of what he actually looked like. In the event of a presentation, this source would be reliable in explaining a synopsis of his life and would be recommended to those interested in the study of the U. Accessed on December 14, 2018.

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Gordon-Reed, Annette, and Midori Takagi.  Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy. University of Virginia Press, 1999. Accessed on December 14, 2018. Accessed on December 14, 2018. Klein, Lauren F. Dinner-Table Bargains: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the Senses of Taste.  Early American Literature 49. Accessed on December 14, 2018.  Thomas Jefferson and the new nation: A biography. Oxford University Press, 1970. Accessed on December 14, 2018. The White house. Thomas Jefferson, a spokesman for democracy, was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and the third President of the United States (1801–1809).

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