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The 2012 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution Thomas Jefferson’s Lives

 

 

The National Society Sons of the American Revolution
and
The Robert H. Smith
International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello
present
The 2012 SAR Annual Conference
on the American Revolution
Thomas Jefferson’s Lives: Biography as a Construction of History
June 22-24, 2012
Holiday Inn University Area
1901 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
 

During his lifetime, Thomas Jefferson was loved as well as hated. He was revered, but also reviled. His allies viewed him as an apostle of liberty whose mind embraced the Enlightenment. His enemies saw him as a dangerous radical and demagogue. After his death, disagreements about Jefferson did not come to an end.
 
What motivated him? What were his ambitions? What was the essence of his philosophy? Was he the same man in public as he was in private? What defined his character? For nearly two centuries these and other questions have been answered differently by dozens of different biographers, each of whom authored the life of a different Thomas Jefferson. Evolving interpretations reflect the availability of new sources, the backgrounds and biases of biographers, broad developments in historical interpretation, the reading public’s shifting interests and sensibilities, and even changing conceptions of the purpose and promise of America. As one of Jefferson’s chroniclers once noted, the Jefferson image “has always been a sensitive reflector, through several generations, of America’s troubled search for the image of itself.”
 
Please join us as the 2012 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution explores Thomas Jefferson’s Lives: Biography as a Construction of History.
 
Ten Papers in Five Sessions
All attendees of the 2012 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution may attend all five sessions of the Conference. At each session, two papers will be presented. Older works on Jefferson will be discussed by modern-day Jefferson scholars such as:
  • Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, Louisiana State University
  • Frank Cogliano, University of Edinburgh
  • R.B. Bernstein, New York Law School
  • J. Jefferson Looney, Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Monticello

See the Proposed agenda and Registration form below.

 

Updated Schedule: 05-22-2012