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In a time when there was no thought of providing former chief executives with pensions, Thomas Jefferson relied primarily on the produce of his farms for subsistence and money. His main cash crops were wheat and tobacco. The third president generally prided himself on the quality of the staples...More >>
Smithsonian Gardens Horticulturist Erin Clark amending the soil.
In January 2012 the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), in partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, opened the exhibition Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty . The exhibition is on view in the NMAAHC gallery at the...More >>
Details Thomas Jefferson by R. B. Bernstein, Oxford University Press, 2003, 288 pages. Purchase Thomas Jefferson Brief Description In Thomas Jefferson , Bernstein offers the definitive short biography of this revered American--the first concise life in six decades. Bernstein deftly synthesizes the...More >>
Details The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series , edited by J. Jefferson Looney, sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., Charlottesville, Virginia. Hardbound. Purchase The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series Brief Description This scholarly enterprise is sponsored by...More >>
Details Thomas Jefferson and Music by Helen Cripe, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 2009, 160 pages, 11 illustrations, paperback. Purchase Thomas Jefferson and Music Brief Description Thomas Jefferson and Music has served as the definitive work on Jefferson's musical knowledge and activities for over...More >>
Details The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf, Knopf, 2009, 356 pages, hardcover; Vintage Books, 2010, softcover. Purchase The Brother Gardeners Founding Gardeners Brief Description Tells the story of amateur and professional botanists, gardeners, and...More >>
Details Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village: The Creation of an Architectural Masterpiece , Richard Guy Wilson and others, University of Virginia Press, 1993; revised edition 2009, 144 pages, hardcover. Purchase On » Brief Description Thomas Jefferson's design for the University of...More >>
Details The Jeffersons at Shadwell , Susan Kern, Yale, 2010, 320 pages, hardback. Purchase From the Monticello Shop » Brief Description Merging archaeology, material culture, and social history, the author reveals the story of Shadwell, the birthplace of Thomas Jefferson and home to his parents,...More >>
Details The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family , Annette Gordon-Reed, W. W. Norton & Co., 798 pages, hardcover, 2008. Purchase The Hemingses of Monticello Brief Description This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been...More >>
Cover of Flight from Monticello by Michael Kranish
Details Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War by Michael Kranish, Oxford University Press, USA, Hardback, 388 pages, 22 illustrations. Purchase Flight from Monticello Brief Description Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War details Thomas Jefferson's actions during the...More >>



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