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Blog Posts by Anna Berkes

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And by "extravaganza" I mean "two book reviews in one issue." In the latest Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (vol. 117 no. 1): Douglas L. Wilson reviews Kevin Hayes' book, The Road to Monticello (review-o-meter: Wilson thinks the book is too long. The word "leaden" is used.) Catherine...More >>
Just arrived inexplicably on our desk the other day ( Museum Shop ? Is that you, sending us presents?) - another book on Jefferson's relevance to today's issues of new technologies, intellectual property, and the laws that govern them: In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of...More >>
American Scientist is getting a lot of mileage out of Jefferson lately. In the March-April 2009 issue of American Scientist , mathematician Lawren Smithline helps out the folks at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson by decoding a supposedly-unbreakably-encoded message sent to Jefferson by Philadelphia smarty-pants Robert Patterson in 1801.More >>
Most quotations we're asked about sound nothing like Thomas Jefferson, but since I can't pin down their true source, they sort of hang frustratingly out there in Quotation Limbo. So it gives me great satisfaction to be able to actually run one to ground once in a while. I just laid this one to rest...More >>
A few items of possible interest which I've decided to throw all together in one entry, as my lineup of Things to Blog About is getting longer and longer: "Building a Living Legacy: Jefferson's Academical Village," a blog accompanying the exhibit at the University of Virginia Art Museum, "Thomas...More >>
Usually I don't plague my half-dozen loyal readers with more than one post in a single day, but I couldn't resist pointing out this article: "What's wrong with this picture?" in The Daily Voice , "Black America's Daily News Source." The article is about Michelle Obama's first official First Lady...More >>
A recent editorial by Thomas Fleming in the Wall Street Journal asks the question, "Was George W. Bush such a bad president?" I mean, look at...Thomas Jefferson, for example! He really whiffed on that embargo thing. Read Fleming's litany of Low Moments in the American Presidency and decide for...More >>
Well, it took me all day but I plowed through all of the Google Alerts I've gotten in the past week (even the weekend ones, that's how dedicated I am), just as I said I would , and came up with the following numbers: A total of 22 websites quoted TJ in some form or fashion. (Mind you, the Alert...More >>
I'm eagerly delving into a book that arrived just today: Antonio Molina, Patriarch of the Anthony Mullins Family: An American History , compiled by Marjorie O'Brien Casteel. Who is Antonio Molina, AKA Anthony Mullins (or "little Anthony," as Jefferson called him)? Mullins was one of the men brought...More >>
Oh happy day: volume 5 of Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series has arrived. This brings us up through March 1813 - only 13 years, 3 months, and 4 days to go! (Er, plus the remaining seven years of his presidency .) In this installment, TJ "receives many requests for governmental patronage...More >>



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