Mr. Jefferson's Lost Cause: Land, Farmers, Slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase

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Bibliographic Note

With regard to the spelling and punctuation of quotations to be found in this book: they have been translated in my text to the conventions of the 1990s (to the extent that I have caught up with them from the conventions of the 1940s), except when there is a point to be made by leaving them as they were when written. The risk in this method is that I may have misunderstood what was originally intended. The offsetting risk is that by leaving them in the original they may be unintelligible except to experts. If forewarned that there has been such an attempted updating, any expert can gain access to originals as general readers cannot. After sixty years of reading people quoting other people, I have always been grateful to get through the orthography to the meaning.

The same desire to increase the number of people who may become interested in this subject matter has determined my choice of sources. I am not attempting to produce a log of library hours or triumphs of invidious access. I am trying to make it as easy as possible for those who do not have access to a great university library or to the Library of Congress to check or extend a reference. It is sometimes useful to direct specialists or incipient specialists to bibliographers who have compiled extended lists of primary sources, and who have evaluated the secondary sources as well. Though I have often gone back to primary sources to do my own checking, I have chosen to direct readers to the most accessible source, unless the primary source says something significant that the secondary sources do not. Sometimes—though less often than in my earlier work—I have treated a work of architecture as a primary source. I have attempted to visit all the landscapes that have value as witnesses to the events described.

As to Jefferson's own work, I have cited whenever possible and with some paternal pride the edition of Jefferson's work by the Library of America, of which I was a founder. Otherwise I have on occasion cited Bernard Mayo's paperback anthology called Jefferson Himself, which is in print and relies most heavily upon the so-called Memorial Edition of Andrew Lipscomb and Albert

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Chronology xiii
  • Mr. Jefferson's Lost Cause *
  • Part One - The Land and Mr. Jefferson 1
  • 1 - Choices and Consequences 5
  • 2 - Washington, Jefferson, Three Worthies,and Plantation Migrancy 17
  • 3 - The Way Not Taken 26
  • 4 - Independence 43
  • 5 - Powers of the Earth 60
  • 6 - Jefferson's Opportunities and the Land 73
  • Part Two - The Invisible Empire and the Land 85
  • 7 - Colonial-Imperialism 87
  • 8 - Textile Colonial-Imperialism 97
  • Part Three - Resistance to the Plantation System 115
  • 9 - McGillivray 119
  • 10 - Resisters, Assisters, and Lost Causes 129
  • 11 - The Firm Steps Forward 144
  • 12 - Jeffersonian Strategy and Jeffersonian Agents 152
  • Part Four - Agents of the Master Organism: Assistants to the Plantation System 169
  • 13 - Fulwar Skipwith in Context 173
  • 14 - Destiny by Intention 193
  • 15 - Louisiana and Another Class of Virginians 205
  • 16 - The Virginians of Louisiana Decide the Future of the Land 217
  • Epilogue 235
  • Appendix 245
  • Notes 262
  • Bibliographic Note 307
  • Bibliography 312
  • Index 336
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