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Thank you, Chad!


I love the yellow in the dining room. Is there anywhere I can find that shade of yellow for a room in my own home?



There is a Monticello Yellow in the Ralph Lauren paint collection. We worked with them to develop it, and it is as close as you can get in a commercial paint. Here's some background on it:


The History of the Hemings family is a fascinating piece of American history. I had found it surprising that no one had noted that Jefferson was not just a Great Mind, a Founding Father, a Slave owner, but also a pedophile. He not only owned Sally, he was 3 times her age when the affair started! The age difference alone was enough to have had control over her without slavery! I say this, but I see that this same information is used by Mike R above to insist that the relationship could not have existed. I say no such thing.

I do have a question about the children of the other slaves. Does no one else consider the possibility that some number of them are also children of Jefferson? There was something like 6 years between the death of his wife and the start of the relationship with Hemings. Is there some reason to believe that he was faithful to Hemings as she grew older?

What we know now about Jefferson / Hemings is just the first step to knowing about all of the offspring of our slave owning founding fathers. Fascinating facts wait to be discovered.

Thank you.


Does anyone use citing? If you cannot name your sources, you are only presenting blather. Please, as I disagree with your statement, if you would only provide some reference. Otherwise, you present only your opinion. If you did not personally know Jefferson, you are potentially libeling him and that is a violation of this website discussion. Can you please provide some citing so I can give you an intelligent and researched response. I would love that!


Thank you, Chad for the answer to my question about the writing machine! I must say that to get to this site, to this comment/question board, has got to be the hardest path I have ever found in any educational process! Please note there is not a 'box to check' where it asks the visitor to 'check this box to receive comment updates to email'. The pulldown is there, yes, but not a 'box' to check. Maybe that is why I am not receiving notifications! Is there a way to make this a bit more user-friendly? I work with these sites every day, and truly, the Monticello site is daunting to the point of frustration at times! Thanks for letting me know if it is better suited to a specific browser, perhaps? (We are using FF at school).


A few years ago on this site I used a wonderful interactive page with my students and I can't find it now. Is there still a page where they can interactively operate the polygraph? Thank you so much for your help!



Here's the page for the Polygraph:

And here's the Monticello Explorer, which I think your class would enjoy:


Our class is studying the Louisiana purchase. Would anyone be able to Skype with my class as an expert to answer any questions they might have. I am a teacher in Louisville, Ky with 31 fifth grade students that get tired of my voice. This would be an informal session with 5th graders. Please email me at: Thanks


Mr. Jad,
I'm emailing you directly. We would be happy to work with you on a session with your class. Thanks for contacting us, and I welcome other teachers to get in touch with us if they have similar requests
Melanie Bowyer
Manager of Digital Education Outreach

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