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Mr. Jefferson's lost cause : land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase / Roger G. Kennedy.

By: Kennedy, Roger G.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003Description: xv, 350 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0195153472 (alk. paper); 9780195153477 (alk. paper); 9780195176070; 0195176073.Subject(s): Louisiana Purchase | Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Influence | United States -- Territorial expansion | United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1865 | Slavery -- United States -- Extension to the territories | Plantation owners -- Political activity -- United States -- History | Family farms -- United States -- History | Land settlement -- Political aspects -- United States -- HistoryDDC classification: 973.4/6/092 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
The land and Mr. Jefferson. Chapter 1. Choices and consequences -- Rain in Virginia and its results -- Lessons for yeomen -- Pasteur, Wilson, and the three sisters -- Yeomen, planters, and the land -- Cheap land and slave labor -- Chapter 2. Washington, Jefferson, three worthies, and plantation migrancy -- Philosophers in the parlor and lessons on the land -- Westward sweeps the course of desolation -- The gospel of Garland Harmon -- Chapter 3. The way not taken -- The makers of a new order -- Jefferson's epitaph -- Disestablishing the grandees -- The brotherhood -- The unpropitiated son -- Monticello again -- Jefferson and democracy -- Jefferson and the family farmer -- Chapter 4. Independence -- A dependent arcadia -- The virtues of diversification -- Commercial squires and ungovernable governors -- Diversification, the pursuit of happiness, and cities -- Eastward toward civility -- The thousand-foot line -- Chapter 5. Powers of the earth -- Land companies, trading companies, and triassic capitalism -- The great land companies and revolution -- Jefferson and western speculation -- Veterans' benefits -- Armed occupation -- Armed occupation marches on -- Chapter 6. Jefferson's opportunities and the land -- 1784 : the second opportunity : the trans-Appalachian west -- The third opportunity : the lower Mississippi Valley -- Old men's dreams and the memories of the land -- The invisible empire and the land. Chapter 7. Colonial-imperialism -- Colonies and empires -- From round table to board table -- Reinvesting the loot -- Landed gentry -- Chapter 8. Textile colonial-imperialism -- India is conquered by the mechanics -- Solving the problem of supply -- The Americans are put on notice -- Hamilton, Jefferson, and Tench Coxe respond to William Pitt -- Jefferson and the cotton business -- Slaves as cash crop -- The millers send out their salesmen -- Independence? -- The British and the plantocracy.
Resistance to the plantation system. Chapter 9. McGillivray -- Mixed people and mixed motives -- Indian statehood -- McGillivray's nationality -- McGillivray and Washington -- Chapter 10. Resisters, assisters, and lost causes -- Scots, Blacks, and Seminoles -- The firm -- The valences shift -- William Augustus Bowles : the second act -- Bowles and Ellicott -- "Execute him on the spot" -- The fox is run to earth -- Chapter 11. The firm steps forward -- Deerskins, rum, and land -- Indian yeomen and Governor Sargent's lost cause -- Yankee yeomen -- Chapter 12. Jeffersonian strategy and Jeffersonian agents -- Jefferson and Wilkinson -- Wilkinson's clients -- The firm adapts and collects --Wilkinson, Forbes, and Dearborn -- Debt for land -- The accounts of Silas Dinsmoor -- The firm wraps things up -- Andrew Jackson takes charge, with some help from Benjamin Hawkins -- Agents of the master organism : assistants to the plantation system. Chapter 13. Fulwar Skipwith in context -- Skipwith the Jeffersonian -- Toussaint's yeoman republic -- The career of Fulwar Skipwith -- The quasi war and spoliation -- James Monroe's first mission to France -- Skipwith, the Livingstons, and Louisiana cotton -- The chancellor, indolent maroons, and Thomas Sumter -- Mister Sumter is shocked -- The third article -- Skipwith and the Floridas -- Consul Skipwith goes to jail -- Chapter 14. Destiny by intention -- The adventures of George Mathews -- War, commerce, and race -- Assisters and resisters -- The green flag of Florida -- Chapter 15. Louisiana and another class of Virginians -- The third opportunity reconsidered -- The Hillhouse debates -- Chapter 16. The Virginians of Louisiana decide the future of the land -- Out of the hills -- The Kemper outrage -- 1809-1810 -- Skipwith and Randolph -- Complexities in Baton Rouge -- Skipwith at bay -- Haiti again -- Skipwith's Florida -- Epilogue. The Jeffersonian legacy : The Civil War and the Homestead Act -- Statesmanship and self-deception -- Final thoughts -- The economics of land use -- Appendix. Another stream -- Jefferson, Madison, Adam Smith, and the Chesapeake cities -- The Romans, armed occupation, and the Homestead Act -- Jefferson and the Ordinances of 1784 and 1787-89 -- Debt and land -- Jefferson's Doctrine of usufruct -- Tribes, land, and Ireland -- Creeks, Seminoles, and numbers -- The Livingstons and West Florida -- The Claiborne-Clark duel -- Fulwar Skipwith and Andrew Jackson.
Summary: Thomas Jefferson advocated a republic of small farmers--free and independent yeomen. And yet as president he presided over a massive expansion of the slaveholding plantation system--particularly with the Louisiana Purchase--squeezing the yeomanry to the fringes and to less desirable farmland. Now Roger Kennedy conducts an eye-opening examination of that gap between Jefferson's stated aspirations and what actually happened. Kennedy reveals how the Louisiana Purchase had a major impact on land use and the growth of slavery. He examines the great financial interests that beat down slavery's many opponents in the South itself (Native Americans, African Americans, Appalachian farmers, and conscientious opponents of slavery). He describes how slaveholders' cash crops (first tobacco, then cotton) sickened the soil and how the planters moved from one desolated tract to the next. Soon the dominant culture of the entire region--from Maryland to Florida, from Carolina to Texas--was that of owners and slaves producing staple crops for international markets. The earth itself was impoverished, in many places beyond redemption. None of this, Kennedy argues, was inevitable. He focuses on the character, ideas, and ambitions of Thomas Jefferson to show how he and other Southerners struggled with the moral dilemmas presented by the presence of Indian farmers on land they coveted, by the enslavement of their workforce, by the betrayal of their stated hopes, and by the manifest damage being done to the earth itself.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 312-335) and index.

The land and Mr. Jefferson. Chapter 1. Choices and consequences -- Rain in Virginia and its results -- Lessons for yeomen -- Pasteur, Wilson, and the three sisters -- Yeomen, planters, and the land -- Cheap land and slave labor -- Chapter 2. Washington, Jefferson, three worthies, and plantation migrancy -- Philosophers in the parlor and lessons on the land -- Westward sweeps the course of desolation -- The gospel of Garland Harmon -- Chapter 3. The way not taken -- The makers of a new order -- Jefferson's epitaph -- Disestablishing the grandees -- The brotherhood -- The unpropitiated son -- Monticello again -- Jefferson and democracy -- Jefferson and the family farmer -- Chapter 4. Independence -- A dependent arcadia -- The virtues of diversification -- Commercial squires and ungovernable governors -- Diversification, the pursuit of happiness, and cities -- Eastward toward civility -- The thousand-foot line -- Chapter 5. Powers of the earth -- Land companies, trading companies, and triassic capitalism -- The great land companies and revolution -- Jefferson and western speculation -- Veterans' benefits -- Armed occupation -- Armed occupation marches on -- Chapter 6. Jefferson's opportunities and the land -- 1784 : the second opportunity : the trans-Appalachian west -- The third opportunity : the lower Mississippi Valley -- Old men's dreams and the memories of the land -- The invisible empire and the land. Chapter 7. Colonial-imperialism -- Colonies and empires -- From round table to board table -- Reinvesting the loot -- Landed gentry -- Chapter 8. Textile colonial-imperialism -- India is conquered by the mechanics -- Solving the problem of supply -- The Americans are put on notice -- Hamilton, Jefferson, and Tench Coxe respond to William Pitt -- Jefferson and the cotton business -- Slaves as cash crop -- The millers send out their salesmen -- Independence? -- The British and the plantocracy.

Resistance to the plantation system. Chapter 9. McGillivray -- Mixed people and mixed motives -- Indian statehood -- McGillivray's nationality -- McGillivray and Washington -- Chapter 10. Resisters, assisters, and lost causes -- Scots, Blacks, and Seminoles -- The firm -- The valences shift -- William Augustus Bowles : the second act -- Bowles and Ellicott -- "Execute him on the spot" -- The fox is run to earth -- Chapter 11. The firm steps forward -- Deerskins, rum, and land -- Indian yeomen and Governor Sargent's lost cause -- Yankee yeomen -- Chapter 12. Jeffersonian strategy and Jeffersonian agents -- Jefferson and Wilkinson -- Wilkinson's clients -- The firm adapts and collects --Wilkinson, Forbes, and Dearborn -- Debt for land -- The accounts of Silas Dinsmoor -- The firm wraps things up -- Andrew Jackson takes charge, with some help from Benjamin Hawkins -- Agents of the master organism : assistants to the plantation system. Chapter 13. Fulwar Skipwith in context -- Skipwith the Jeffersonian -- Toussaint's yeoman republic -- The career of Fulwar Skipwith -- The quasi war and spoliation -- James Monroe's first mission to France -- Skipwith, the Livingstons, and Louisiana cotton -- The chancellor, indolent maroons, and Thomas Sumter -- Mister Sumter is shocked -- The third article -- Skipwith and the Floridas -- Consul Skipwith goes to jail -- Chapter 14. Destiny by intention -- The adventures of George Mathews -- War, commerce, and race -- Assisters and resisters -- The green flag of Florida -- Chapter 15. Louisiana and another class of Virginians -- The third opportunity reconsidered -- The Hillhouse debates -- Chapter 16. The Virginians of Louisiana decide the future of the land -- Out of the hills -- The Kemper outrage -- 1809-1810 -- Skipwith and Randolph -- Complexities in Baton Rouge -- Skipwith at bay -- Haiti again -- Skipwith's Florida -- Epilogue. The Jeffersonian legacy : The Civil War and the Homestead Act -- Statesmanship and self-deception -- Final thoughts -- The economics of land use -- Appendix. Another stream -- Jefferson, Madison, Adam Smith, and the Chesapeake cities -- The Romans, armed occupation, and the Homestead Act -- Jefferson and the Ordinances of 1784 and 1787-89 -- Debt and land -- Jefferson's Doctrine of usufruct -- Tribes, land, and Ireland -- Creeks, Seminoles, and numbers -- The Livingstons and West Florida -- The Claiborne-Clark duel -- Fulwar Skipwith and Andrew Jackson.

Thomas Jefferson advocated a republic of small farmers--free and independent yeomen. And yet as president he presided over a massive expansion of the slaveholding plantation system--particularly with the Louisiana Purchase--squeezing the yeomanry to the fringes and to less desirable farmland. Now Roger Kennedy conducts an eye-opening examination of that gap between Jefferson's stated aspirations and what actually happened. Kennedy reveals how the Louisiana Purchase had a major impact on land use and the growth of slavery. He examines the great financial interests that beat down slavery's many opponents in the South itself (Native Americans, African Americans, Appalachian farmers, and conscientious opponents of slavery). He describes how slaveholders' cash crops (first tobacco, then cotton) sickened the soil and how the planters moved from one desolated tract to the next. Soon the dominant culture of the entire region--from Maryland to Florida, from Carolina to Texas--was that of owners and slaves producing staple crops for international markets. The earth itself was impoverished, in many places beyond redemption. None of this, Kennedy argues, was inevitable. He focuses on the character, ideas, and ambitions of Thomas Jefferson to show how he and other Southerners struggled with the moral dilemmas presented by the presence of Indian farmers on land they coveted, by the enslavement of their workforce, by the betrayal of their stated hopes, and by the manifest damage being done to the earth itself.

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Library Journal Review

The term Lost Cause generally refers to ex-slaveholders' hopes for an independent slaveholding Confederacy but is partly traceable to Thomas Jefferson, who envisioned free and independent yeomen, or small family farmers, as the foundation of the American republic. Yet his loyalties ultimately lay with the slaveholding plantation owners. Kennedy (director emeritus, National Museum of American History) argues that Jefferson's support of slaveholders turned his dreams for a yeoman republic into a lost cause. Jefferson's policies, including the acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase, served slaveholders, whose ruinous land-use patterns and indebtedness to British interests contributed mightily to the territorial expansion of slavery. Kennedy has written an enjoyable and provocative work, taking a novel approach but backing it with good documentation. On the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, this book is an essential addition for academic and public libraries.-Charles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State Univ., State College (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

This volume has the potential to motivate a major historical reinterpretation of the Louisiana Purchase, along with the westward movement it produced. Kennedy (director emer., National Museum of American History) believes the Louisiana Purchase itself was an early chapter in the struggle between the expansion of free-soil, antislave, yeoman agriculture and the countervailing southern, slave-based, plantation system. He contends that Jefferson, the most influential American of his generation in setting and implementing western land policy, emerged as the leader of politically powerful Virginians who quietly promoted plantation agriculture and its ruinous environmental impact on the land. They manipulated foreign policy and subsequent land laws to insure that the plantation-based, cotton growing slaveocracy would dominate the Gulf Coast and Louisiana Purchase territory. Jefferson and his circle consciously did this at the contradictory expense of the free yeoman who nonetheless stood at the center of their political theory and public rhetoric. Kennedy adeptly traces the advance of the southern plantation matrix into Spanish east and west Florida before examining its eventual domination of the lower part of the Mississippi valley. Based on solid research, this volume offers a provocative new viewpoint regarding a crucial era of US frontier expansion. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels/collections. L. T. Cummins Austin College

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Roger G. Kennedy is Director Emeritus of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, and a past director of the National Park Service.

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