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I have a new book in my sights - Robert Wright's One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe (McGraw-Hill, 2008). One of our house interpreters discovered Wright's work a few years ago and ever since it's been an ongoing quest to acquire everything Robert Wright ever...More >>
Well, A Summary View is away for Christmas, but in our absence, we invite you to have a gander (ha ha!) at our Christmas article in the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia. We wish everyone a lovely and peaceful "season of mince pies!"More >>
Good thing I know somebody with a subscription to American Scientist , otherwise I would never have found out that Keith Thomson (another friend of ours and former ICJS fellow) published an article in the May-June issue, "Jefferson, Buffon and the Moose" (pp. 200-202). It's an excellent overview of...More >>
Our good friend Sandra Rebok has an article in the newest Virginia Magazine of History and Biography : "Englightened Correspondents: The Transatlantic Dialogue of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander von Humboldt" (vol. 116 no. 4). Sandra is pretty much the world's expert on this topic - and I'm not just...More >>
I know: again with the quotations! We are experiencing a strange swell in quotation questions, however, so it's pretty much all I have to talk about these days. There's one in particular that is bugging me, so I thought I'd throw it out to our 6 loyal readers in case there's a chance others can...More >>
Leonard Sadosky (former ICJS fellow) does Susan Dunn's Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia and Jon Kukla's Mr. Jefferson's Women in the latest issue of the Journal of the Early Republic (Winter 2008). No online version for Foundation users (sorry!), but if you...More >>
We get a lot of questions from the public asking us to verify quotations as Jeffersonian or not, but these almost always concern only a single quotation. The other week I got a query from an inquiring person that contained not one, but 10 quotations . The source of the query was a sort of chain-...More >>
From our Director of Adult Education: Local authors and historians Coy Barefoot and Rick Britton will be discussing and signing their new Jefferson books at Monticello’s new Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center . Britton’s book, Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler , explores...More >>
It seems you can't turn around these days without tripping over a fabulous online digital collection. While searching this morning for an intriguingly-titled Civil War pamphlet (“Interior Causes of the War: The Nation Demonized and its President a Spirit-Rapper," by "A Citizen of Ohio"), I found...More >>
Recently arrived as a very kind gift from two former fellows: Thomas Barclay (1728-1793): Consul in France, Diplomat in Barbary , by Priscilla H. and Richard S. Roberts (Bethlehem, Pa.: Lehigh University Press, 2008). Kudos to the Robertses for applying a dose of rigorous scholarship to this very...More >>

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