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The Pursuit of Happiness: Family and Values in Jefferson's Virginia
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The Pursuit of Happiness: Family and Values in Jefferson's Virginia (Paperback)

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This is an unusual and challenging study of the 'inner world' of the Virginia gentry during Jefferson's lifetime. It argues that, in the years after the Revolution, the gentry turned away from public life into the privacy of their homes and families. A new, sentimental religion agreed that the world was filled with woe and advised detachment from it in preparation for a better one to come. Notions of success, likewise, offered little cheer, as men and women reluctantly accepted the individualistic proposition that their destinies were in their own hands. Neither religion nor success assured earthly happiness; instead, Virginians sought their salvation in love. There, in the family and in feeling, men and women broke through the eighteenth-century's emotional restraint to pursue, but not always to find, the happiness they believed awaited them.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 22/02/1985 ISBN-13: 9780521315081  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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