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To be sure, Jeffersons contributions to the enormous empire that emerged out of  colonial America are inestimable. This makes him a vital subject for historical inquiry.  But because of his inherent contradictions, Jefferson remains a confusing enigma to all  who study him. Indeed, the early history of the United States itself is thoroughly  confused and confusing, in no small part due to the confusing character of Thomas  Jefferson himself. Try as one might to maintain the Jefferson mystique, there is little to  mask the fact that his professed values, personal as well as political, rarely measured  up to his actual practices. Like Jefferson, the United States has suffered, then as now,  from an equivalent plague of hypocrisy with regard to conflicts between values and  practices.  The following study is an attempt to provide a balanced account of Jeffersons 
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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