Thomas Jefferson: Forging American Liberty

Thomas Jefferson and American Democracy


JMC fellow Peter Onuf and Annette Gordon-Reed will deliver JMC-sponsored lecture at the Newberry Library about Thomas Jefferson‘s influence on American democracy.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • 6:00pm-7:00pm
Ruggles Hall, The Newberry Library • Chicago, IL


Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf are co-authors of the recent book “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs:” Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination. At this event, the two will engage in a conversation about Thomas Jefferson’s legacy and public memory.


This lecture is free and open to the public.  Register online using this form by 3:00pm on Wednesday, March 14.


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In addition to sponsoring the Thomas Jefferson lecture series, JMC has also partnered with Newberry Library to provide exceptional scholars of the Founding unparalleled opportunities to study rare primary documents and collections from the Founding era. JMC’s fellowship at Newberry is one of the four fellowships it offers in partnership with foremost independent research libraries.

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Peter Onuf photoPeter Onuf is a JMC fellow and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia Graduate School. He received his Ph.D. in History from Johns Hopkins and specialized in the American Revolution and the Early American Republic. His recent works include The Mind of Thomas Jefferson (University of Virginia Press, 2007) and Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War (University of Virginia Press, 2006).

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Annette Gordon ReedAnnette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and a Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton, 2009), a subject she had previously written about in Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (University Press of Virginia, 1997).  Her honors include a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award, and the Woman of Power & Influence Award from the National Organization for Women in New York City. Gordon-Reed was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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