Thomas Jefferson: American Revolutionary

Podcast-style audio course - 15 Topics
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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Thomas Jefferson: American Revolutionary

Podcast-style audio course - 15 Topics
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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Explore the captivating contradictions of one of U.S. history’s most divisive figures with the celebrated West Point professor and author of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time.

Thomas Jefferson was the first secretary of state, second vice president, and third president of the United States. A polymath who championed education and religious freedom, he drafted the Declaration of Independence and made more attempts than any other officeholder of his generation to end slavery. Yet he remained a slaveholder throughout his life. A diplomat who charmed people abroad, at home he was a lightning rod of controversy—both loved and hated, revered and reviled.

Join West Point history professor Robert McDonald as he tells the story of the life of one of history’s most fascinating men. In 15 energetic lectures, McDonald—a noted expert on Jefferson, the American Revolution, and the Early

Audio Sample:

Explore the captivating contradictions of one of U.S. history’s most divisive figures with the celebrated West Point professor and author of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time.

Thomas Jefferson was the first secretary of state, second vice president, and third president of the United States. A polymath who championed education and religious freedom, he drafted the Declaration of Independence and made more attempts than any other officeholder of his generation to end slavery. Yet he remained a slaveholder throughout his life. A diplomat who charmed people abroad, at home he was a lightning rod of controversy—both loved and hated, revered and reviled.

Join West Point history professor Robert McDonald as he tells the story of the life of one of history’s most fascinating men. In 15 energetic lectures, McDonald—a noted expert on Jefferson, the American Revolution, and the Early Republic—seeks to explain Jefferson as a man of his times. The results will by turns surprise, delight, and confound you, challenging what you think you know about the third president’s life and era.

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Professor Robert M. S. McDonald is an expert on the American Revolution and the Early American Republic. Holding graduate degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Prof. McDonald has taught history at the United States Military Academy at West Point for more than twenty years. He is the author of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time (2016), and the editor of a number of books, including Thomas Jefferson’s Lives: Biographers and the Battle for History (2019), Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés (2013), Light & Liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge (2012), and Thomas Jefferson’s Military Academy: Founding West Point (2004).

Praise for Robert McDonald

“Rob McDonald is a superb historian of the era of the American Revolution and Early Republic. Rob’s scholarship has enriched our understanding of the Revolution’s significance in American and world history. He is a leading authority on the Declaration of Independence and the leading authority Thomas Jefferson’s changing reputation in his own lifetime.”

– Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia

  • Meet Thomas Jefferson
  • Virginia Born and Raised
  • Declaring Independence
  • A Revolutionary Reformer
  • An American in Paris
  • Confronting the Counterrevolution
  • Federalists vs. Republicans
  • Mr. Vice
  • The Revolution of 1800 and 1801
  • President of the People
  • Sally Hemings and Slavery
  • The Empire of Liberty
  • Jefferson’s Second Term
  • The Hobbies of His Old Age
  • Jefferson’s Farewell

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