Henry Wiencek - Master of the Mountain
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm
In this radical reassessment of Thomas Jefferson, Wiencek replaces the image of an idealistic enlightenment figure with that of a ruthless businessman. Pursuing the contradiction between Jefferson as both slave owner and spokesman for liberty, Wiencek presents evidence that the Founding Father overworked slaves, counted them as assets in his ledgers, and devised schemes based on slave-generated “silent profits” to fund his debt-ridden plantation.
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 16th, 2012