Saturday, November 29, 2008
Jefferson and The Rights of Man, Volume Two of the series Jefferson andHis Time, by Dumas Malone. Little, Brown, and Company, 1951. This wasevery bit as dry as the last book I read about Jefferson by Malone butthis one threw several curves at me I haven't recovered from yet.Malone shows that Jefferson did not hold the Constitution as anenduring document but believed it should be rewritten every 19 years orat least once per generation. He believed the the earth belonged to theliving and that no way should his generation bind future generations toanything. Now that's a shocker for conservatives who hold theConstitution at the same level as the Bible itself. Very interestingand disconcerting.
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