[video] [slides] Thomas Jefferson’s Anonymous Translation of Volney’s Ruins of Empires

Title: Thomas Jefferson’s Anonymous Translation of Volney’s Ruins of Empires

Presenter: Thomas Christian Williams

Description: Jefferson risked his chance of winning the presidency by translating this controversial book. Volney’s Ruins refutes the Social Contract of Jean Jacques Rousseau. The book also provides a solution to the world’s enduring religious conflicts. The Massachusetts Historical Society has evidence in its Collection that Jefferson translated this supposedly heretical book.

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