Dr. John Boles, Southern historian and author of a new, comprehensive biography of Thomas Jefferson, shares insights on Jefferson’s political ideas, life, career and remarkable legacy.
Thomas Jefferson lived a long life at a critical era in American history, and he was involved in nearly every major issue facing the nation for more than a half century. Recognized for his diverse interests and literary skill, Jefferson’s views on a number of important topics evolved over time. He both reflected and helped shape his times, and his words have played an important role in American history. This course focuses on six central topics: Jefferson’s political ideas and career during the Revolutionary era; his fascinating relationship with France; his role as the first secretary of state and his involvement in the origins of political parties; his transformative leadership as president; his eventful retirement years; and his evolving religious views and tragic involvement with slavery.
John B. Boles, Ph.D., is the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History at Rice University, the editor emeritus of the Journal of Southern History and the author of numerous books. He has directed more than 50 doctoral students in southern history at Rice. The Association of Rice Alumni has awarded him the Meritorious Service Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award and its gold medal. He has also received the Graduate Student Association Teaching Award, the Presidential Mentoring Award and the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, which he has been honored with twice. Dr. Boles holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and a doctorate from the University of Virginia, where he was a Thomas Jefferson Foundation Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow. His new book, “Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty,” was published in April 2017 and is a comprehensive biography of the third president.
Term: Fall 2017
Start Date: Sept. 28, 2017
End Date: Nov. 02, 2017
Schedule: 7–8:30 p.m.
Length: Six Thursdays
Location: Rice campus
Early Registration: $180 if registering by Sept. 14
Rice Alumni: $171
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