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Black Reason, White Feeling : The Jeffersonian Enlightenment in the African American Tradition

Black Reason, White Feeling : The Jeffersonian Enlightenment in the African American Tradition / Hannah Spahn.
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, [2024]
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"The vital influence of Black American intellectuals on the legacy of Thomas Jefferson's ideas. The lofty Enlightenment principles articulated by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, so central to conceptions of the American founding, did not emerge fully formed as a coherent set of ideas in the eighteenth century. As Hannah Spahn argues in this important book, no group had a more profound influence on their development and reception than Black intellectuals. The rationalism and universalism most associated with Jefferson today, she shows, actually sprang from critical engagements with his thought by writers such as David Walker, Lemuel Haynes, Frederick Douglass, and W. E. B. Du Bois. Black Reason, White Feeling illuminates the philosophical innovations that these and other Black intellectuals made to build on Jefferson's thought, shaping both Jefferson's historical image and the exalted legacy of his ideas in American culture. It is not just the first book-length history of Jefferson's philosophy in Black thought; it is also the first history of the American Enlightenment that centers the originality and decisive impact of the Black tradition"-- Provided by publisher.
"This book argues that the universalist ideals we associate with Thomas Jefferson were not a product of his thinking but instead the outcome of Black intellectuals critically engaging with his work across the long nineteenth century"-- Provided by publisher.
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I feel : therefore I exist
Uncritical reason
Opinion is power
Deep-rooted prejudices
The lessons of reason
Malignant prejudice
Pedagogies of character
Above Jefferson's veil
Conclusion : a Jeffersonian double consciousness.
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