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✋ read a ₑ Saving Monticello: The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built effectively ̿ E-Pub Author Marc Leepson ᾨ ✋ read a ₑ Saving Monticello: The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built effectively ̿ E-Pub Author Marc Leepson ᾨ In this excellent account of Monticello s ownership after Thomas Jefferson s death, Leepson, who has written for the New York Times, Preservation and Smithsonian, turns the spotlight on a family that contributed to the preservation of history but heretofore went unnoticed When Jefferson died in 1826 his enormous debt even by today s standards forced his heirs to sell the beloved estate Unfortunately, James Turner Barclay, a Charlottesville, Va., druggist who paid 7,000 for it, let the house decline during the few years he owned it In 1834 the house was purchased by U.S Navy Lieutenant Uriah Phillips Levy, a wealthy, bold, passionate admirer of Jefferson who quickly poured money into its repair Thus began this Jewish American family s nearly 90 year proprietorship of Monticello After being briefly appropriated by the Confederacy during the Civil War, it again landed in the hands of a Levy, Uriah s nephew Jefferson Levy Monticello became a kind of surrogate child for this extremely successful, unmarried businessman and sometime politician When the patriotic New York socialite Maud Littleton began her campaign to make Monticello a government owned shrine in 1911, the battle that ensued in Congress and the newspapers was as emotional as any child custody battle, but compelling for the dynamic lives and personalities involved Through extensive research and with fascinating detail, Leepson uncovers the facts surrounding Monticello s owners and preservation involved are great wealth, patriotism, anti Semitism, and social and political influence Leepson s absorbing account is an overdue chronicle and homage to the national treasure and its memorable saviors Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.Ira Dye author of The Fatal Cruise of the Argus Two Captains in the War of 1812 Excellent and highly readable, Saving Monticello is filled with fascinating detail about the life and times of the jewel of American architecture, from its design by the most brilliant of the Founding Fathers, through its close calls with destruction, to its status today as one of the most beloved of our national monuments Marc Leepson skillfully parallels the story of Monticello itself with the saga of two generations of the remarkable family that preserved it. 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    • Saving Monticello: The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built
    • 4.4
    • 606
    • Hardcover
    • 303 pages
    • Marc Leepson
    • English
    • 25 November 2018

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