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Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia

by Susan Dunn

Publisher: Basic Books
Paperback
ISBN: 9780465003563






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Synopsis of Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia

The rise and fall of the Old Dominion--the decline of Virginia and the splintering of the new republic

The New York Times - Mick Sussman

Slavery's role in the decline of the South is an old story, but Dunn, a professor of humanities at Williams College, finds fresh insights by making a case study of Virginia. She emphasizes the significance of lesser-known figures like Thomas Roderick Dew, who in 1832 published an essay that laid the intellectual groundwork for an uncompromisingly pro-slavery ideology, and Nathaniel Beverley Tucker, who anticipated secession with an 1836 novel envisioning a Southern rebellion. Dunn's chief aim, though, is to show the complicity of Jefferson and Madison in Virginia's stagnation.

About the Author, Susan Dunn

Susan Dunn is Professor of Humanities at Williams College. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Something That Will Surprise the World: The Essential Writings of the Founding Fathers; and Jefferson’s Second Revolution: The Election Crisis of 1800 and the Triumph of Republicanism. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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