Notes on the State of Virginia

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-02-01
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

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This American classic is the only full-length book written and published by Thomas Jefferson during his lifetime. Written in 1781, Notes on the State of Virginia was begun by Jefferson as a commentary on the resources and institutions of his home state, but the work's lasting value lies in its delineation of Jefferson's major philosophical, political, scientific, and ethical beliefs. Along with his accounts of such factual matters as North American flora and fauna, Jefferson expounds his views on slavery, education, religious freedom, representative government, and the separation of church and state. The book is the best single statement of Jefferson's principles and the best reflection of his wide-ranging tastes and talents. This edition, meticulously edited by William Peden, was originally published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1955.

Author Biography

William Peden is professor emeritus of English at the University of Missouri.

Table of Contents

Boundaries of Virginiap. 3
Riversp. 5
Sea-Portsp. 17
Mountainsp. 18
Cascadesp. 21
Productions Mineral, Vegetable and Animalp. 26
Climatep. 73
Populationp. 82
Military Forcep. 88
Marine Forcep. 91
Aboriginesp. 92
Counties and Townsp. 108
Constitutionp. 110
Lawsp. 130
Colleges, Buildings, and Roadsp. 150
Proceedings as to Toriesp. 155
Religionp. 157
Mannersp. 162
Manufacturesp. 164
Subjects of Commercep. 166
Weights, Measures, and Moneyp. 170
Public Revenue and Expencesp. 172
Histories, Memorials, and State-Papersp. 177
Appendix No. 1. Charles Thomson's Commentariesp. 197
Appendix No. 2. Draught of a Fundamental Constitution for the Commonwealth of Virginiap. 209
Appendix No. 3. An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, 1786p. 223
Appendix No. 4. Relative to the Murder of Logan's Familyp. 226
Notesp. 261
Indexp. 303
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