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'A Decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind'

Abstract : With his rhetorical awareness, Thomas Jefferson has successfully turned himself into a character, and responses to the darker sides of this founding father have resembled that of readers expecting consistency in a fictional character. However, like a modernist character, Jefferson could be inconsistent--liberal and racist : these " contradictions " inaugurated a Southern strategy of response to criticism on race relations, which can be fruitfully compared with the discourse of Ike McCaslin in Faulkner's Go Down, Moses.
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Jacques Pothier. 'A Decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind'. Transatlantica. Revue d'études américaines/American Studies Journal, Association Française d’Études Américaines, 2006, 2002 (1). ⟨halshs-00769701⟩

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