A Year in Books/Day 19: Twilight at Monticello

  • Title: Twilight at Monticello The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson
  • Author: Alan Pell Crawford
  • Year Published: 2008 (Random House)
  • Year Purchased: 2010
  • Source: Book-of-the-Month Club
  • About: A microscopically close telling of the third President of the United States’ final years.
  • Motivation: Honestly? This was automatically sent to me after I forgot to mail in the silly little book club card declining the honor. I kept it and finally decided to read it a few months later.
  • Times Read: 1
  • Random Excerpt/Page 196: “Jefferson had envisioned his “academical village” as a beacon of Enlightenment learning in the New World. By late 1820, however, he had come to regard the University of Virginia as an outpost of strict construction, fighting a rearguard action to determine how the U.S. Constitution was to be interpreted and applied. These may or may not have been mutually exclusive educational functions. But if they could not be reconciled, it was clear to Jefferson which should take precedence.”
  • Happiness Scale: 9
    Thomas Jefferson 3x4

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