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Rising to fame as a leader of colonies against an empire, penning the character of American independence in 1776, Thomas Jefferson embodied the new nation's aspirations for freedom and enlightenment. The Portable Thomas Jefferson, edited by Merrill D. Peterson, presents a broad view of Jefferson in the fullness of his thought and imagination. This volume inlcudes a sampling of Jefferson's most important writings: A Summary View of the Rights of British America and Notes on the State of Virginia in their entirety; state papers and addresses, including the Declaration of Independence, "Draft Constitution for Virginia", "Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank", and First Inaugural Address, as well as letters to George Washington, James Madison, John Adams, John Jay, and others.
Includes A Summary View of the Rights of British America and Notes on the State of Virginia complete; seventy-nine letters; "Response to the Citizens of Albemarle," 1790; "Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank," 1791; and many other writings.