THOMAS JEFFERSON: Man on a Mountain by Natalie S. Bober

THOMAS JEFFERSON: Man on a Mountain

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In her third biography for children, Bober leaves the world of a 20th-century arts and letters to tackle the life of one of history's protean figures. After a somewhat pointless prologue picturing Jefferson as a young Virginia legislator, Bober traces his lite chronologically, beginning with his parents, youth, schooling and friendships, demonstrating the development of his intellectual interests, social position, and character along the way. She goes on to depict a life of many achievements, placing them in their historical context. The chapter on the writing of the Declaration of Independence is especially well done. She also describes the family life that was so important to Jefferson--including a chapter debunking the Sally Hemings story, information not available in other children's books. This is well researched and more complete that other available biographies of Jefferson on this level. But Bober seems overwhelmed by the plethora of information available and her own admiration; the result is often choppy, repetitious, and uncritical. Useful, but falls short of distinction. Chronology, family tree, source notes, bibliography, index.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1988
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Atheneum