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The Indian World of George Washington
by Colin G. Calloway
Published: 2018
The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy
by Jay Cost
Published: 2018
Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe
by John Ferling
Published: 2018
In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Published: 2018
Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father
by Peter Stark
Published: 2018
A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism
by Carol Berkin
Published: 2017
A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism
by Carol Berkin
Published: 2017
Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty
by John B. Boles
Published: 2017
Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Published: 2017
The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence
by S. Max Edelson
Published: 2017

C. Vann Woodward has written of Jefferson, It fell to the lot of one Virginian to define America. It was in his private life that Jefferson defined the relationship between blacks and whites in America, acting out in the most specific sense the psychosexual dilemma of the whole nation. Other great men in history have loved unlettered women, among them Rousseau and Goethe, each of whom lived for years with virtually illiterate mistresses and then in the end married them. But Jefferson’s dilemma was peculiarly American. So savage were the penalties of this kind of love in the New World that he could neither admit it nor defend it without fear of social ostracism, and he had to keep up an elaborate pretense that it did not exist. He could not openly, and perhaps even privately admit his paternity to Sally’s children.

Fawn M. Brodie
Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History (1974)