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Read what Monticello staff members and guest authors have to say about Jefferson, Monticello, and how they experience Jefferson's experiment every day.


I've discovered by accident that we now have access to the Papers of George Washington Digital Edition (since we've shelled out the big bucks for this one, it's only available from Foundation computers - sorry, Everybody Else! You might ask your local librarian about getting access). The provider...More >>
A certain segment of the Foundation's staff has recently discovered Robert E. Wright's book The First Wall Street: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, and the Birth of American Finance, and has glommed onto it in a big way. As I never read any of the books I buy for the library (no time, got things to do), I always appreciate staff book reviews. I'm told that this book makes a potentially dead boring topic interesting and easy to understand. So there you have it! I've been commissioned to buy as many of Mr. Wright's books as I can get my hands on. Brace yourself.More >>
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...and she has delivered a juicy new title: Race and Liberty in the New Nation: Emancipation in Virginia from the Revolution to Nat Turner's Rebellion , by Eva Sheppard Wolf. This book is right up our alley. Also, its cover matches the blog nicely.More >>
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The latest issue of Colonial Williamsburg (vol. XXIX no. 2, Spring 2007) has a few articles of particular interest to Jeffersonists: " Jefferson's Tardy Constitution ," by Jack Lynch (the online version includes the "Jefferson's Constitution Zoomable Slideshow," which requires Flash)More >>
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Albemarle Monthly magazine just published in its February-March 2007 issue a profile of the Jefferson Library, replete with lovely photographs of our building. Unfortunately, the article isn't available online, but you can still see a little of what you're looking for . That same issue has some...More >>
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One of our informants encountered a story, related by one Thomas Bloomer Balch, a Presbyterian minister writing about a visit to Monticello ca. 1839, and remembering his childhood in the D.C. area (published in "Picturesque Narratives. South West Range," The Christian World vol. 3 (August 1843))...More >>
The latest issue of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (vol. 115, no. 1) has an article of interest to Jefferson and University of Virginia scholars: "Mr. Jefferson's University: Women in the Village!" by Phyllis Leffler. VMHB is sadly not available online (not to us, anyway), but the...More >>
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The latest issue of the Journal of the Early Republic (27 no. 1, Spring 2007) is a feast for the Jefferson aficionado, including: "Beyond the Wall: Reinterpreting Jefferson's Danbury Address," by Johann N. Neem Richard Alan Ryerson reviews Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 by John FerlingMore >>
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The Jefferson Library is approaching its 5 th anniversary this April. When I saw the completed building five years ago, I couldn’t help but wonder how Jefferson himself would perceive the building. Architecture aside, I think he would love the space for all those books . It would not be such a...More >>
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The Internet, it seems, is a breeding ground for spurious Jefferson quotations. I suppose I shouldn't complain about this, since I secretly (okay, it's not a secret now) enjoy hunting the wily Jefferson Quotation. Most of the time they turn out not to be Jefferson quotations at all. I will ruminate on that at some future point, but for now I want to highlight an interesting case in point.More >>
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