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Dec. 1, 5:30 pm: Thomas Jefferson, Revered and Reviled

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Robert M. S. McDonald will deliver a Banner Lecture entitled “Thomas Jefferson, Revered and Reviled.”

Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson's Image in His Own Time

Of all the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson stood out as the most controversial and confounding. Loved and hated, revered and reviled, during his lifetime he served as a lightning rod for dispute. Few major figures in American history provoked such a polarization of public opinion. While Jefferson’s supporters organized festivals in his honor where they praised him in speeches and songs, his detractors portrayed him as a dilettante and demagogue, double-faced and dangerously radical, an atheist hostile to Christianity. Characterizing his beliefs as un-American, they tarred him with the extremism of the French Revolution. Yet his allies cheered his contributions to the American Revolution, unmasking him as the now formerly anonymous author of the words that had helped to define America in the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson’s bifurcated image took shape both as a product of his own creation and in response to factors beyond his control. In the first fifty years of independence, Americans’ views of Jefferson revealed much about their conflicting views of the purpose and promise of America.

Robert M. S. McDonald is a professor of history at the United States Military Academy.

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  • cheryl h.

    Informative. Enjoyed the presentation by Robert Mc Donald.

    2 days ago

  • Mary P

    If Mr. McDonald's public speaking is any indication of his writing style, his book should be interesting. We also enjoyed interesting conversations afterwards!

    3 days ago

  • beth

    Golly, he was an entertaining speaker!

    3 days ago

  • martha

    There is a coupon for free admission in Sunday Nov 27 Times Dispatch page G17

    November 27

  • Ed C.

    Are we going to meet before entering?

    November 22

    • Dennis B.

      I plan to sit on or near the back row middle section. Join me there if you'd like.

      November 22

  • Dennis B.

    There is a fee for this lecture.

    Members Free, Seniors $5, Adults $6

    September 28

    • Stephanie B.

      Do we need to prepay or when we get there? Thanks

      October 14

    • Dennis B.

      pay when you arrive

      November 22

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