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Notes on the State of Virginia

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says

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).

says

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!

says

Carol,

Here's the page for the Polygraph: http://www.monticello.org/images/media/polygraph.mov

And here's the Monticello Explorer, which I think your class would enjoy: http://explorer.monticello.org/

says

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: jad.salameh@jefferson.kyschools.us. Thanks

says

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

says

Could someone please verify the following quote ascribed to Jefferson (with citation to the original document in which it is found)?

On every question of construction, let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed. – Thomas Jefferson

The quote sounds somewhat like Jefferson, but the only sites I have found using it are political/social conservative sites, with no reference to the original document. That makes me suspicious of its veracity. Furthermore, there is no context for the quote, which makes me wonder what occasioned the comment by Jefferson.

says

It is a real Jefferson quote, except for one minor textual difference (he didn't say "let us"). It's from a letter to William Johnson, 12 June 1823. Here's the letter as printed in the Ford edition: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc2.ark:/13960/t3pv6bn68?urlappend=%3Bseq=255 (the letter is actually being printed in the footnotes, not in the main text - it starts on page 226).

says

I'm reading Jefferson's, "Notes on the State of Virginia." Does anyone know what the abbreviations "1 El., c. 1" mean from the following quote?

"...till the statute of the 1 El., c. 1, circumscribed it..."

It's found on the second page of the Religion / Query XVII section.

Thanks

says

The Peden edition of Jefferson's _Notes_ clarifies this - it refers to a statute in Chapter 1 of the first year of the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1559).

says

I have read all of the information published about the DNA connection of the Jefferson family to the Hemings family. The evidence shows that there is a POSSIBILITY that Thomas Jefferson fathered some of Sally's children. There are other members of the Jefferson family, including Jefferson's younger brother Randolph, who also could have been the father. Dr. Eugene Foster, who conducted the DNA testing, was very clear about the limitations of his testing. Those who accept this flimsy evidence as fact are, in effect, accusing Thomas Jefferson of rape, since Sally was a slave and Jefferson had control of her life. Such limited evidence would never stand up in a court of law. A tour guide at Monticello told me (and others in the group) last week that Jefferson fathered five of Sally's children. Without conclusive evidence, that is simply a lie.

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