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Part of Nova Publishers’ First Men, America’s Presidents Series

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Aug. 8, 2008) – History of early American leadership comes to life in a new hardcover bookon Thomas Jefferson by Tidewater Community College professor David Kiracofe.

Thomas Jefferson: A Public Life, A Private Life, part of Nova SciencePublishers’ “First Men, America’s Presidents Series,” relates both well- and little-known facts about the nation’s third president. While most high-school graduates would recall that Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, many would not know that he claimed to dislike holding public office. That he would have preferred to run his farms and enjoy his collection of over 6,000books, which helped start the Library of Congress.

But, says author Kiracofe, the elite and “well-born” of colonial America “were expected to lead. They were, in fact, educated and trained to do so whether they sought that responsibility or not.”

Jefferson, however, felt that one of his most important impacts on the new country was to found the University of Virginia, notes Kiracofe, and increase access to higher education beyond The College of William and Mary. Among the United States’ most influential presidents, Jefferson led his life as a free thinker who said, “I have sworn upon thealtar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

Kiracofe, an American history professor, researched Jefferson during his doctoral work on treason law in revolutionary America – Jefferson pursued traitors as governor of Virginia and then as president. 

Thomas Jefferson: A Public Life, A Private Life will soon be available at the college’s bookstore, Barnes & Noble at TCC. The author will sign his book during the premier “Books in the Park” event on Sept. 28 in Town Point Park, Norfolk – part of the third annual Sunrise to Sunset Acoustic Music Festival, in a new partnership with TCC and its bookstore.

For information and bookstore hours, please contact TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122, or the bookstore,




Laurie White
Media Relations

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