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Monticello staff members were tickled to see Thomas Jefferson and James Madison referred to (and accurately, we might add) in a recent article in the satirical online "news source," the Onion. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did: ) Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To...More >>
Ted Anthony, who covers American culture for The Associated Press, wonders what Thomas Jefferson would think about the nation he helped found if he had returned earlier this week and followed, like most Americans did, the story of the Heenes."More >>
USATODAY columnist Oliver Thomas writes " And the wall . . . comes tumbling down ." Visit Monticello in Virginia this fall and if you listen carefully, you might hear something out of the ordinary: Thomas Jefferson spinning in his grave. In a series of 5-4 decisions, the Supreme Court appears...More >>
In a recent op-ed piece for the Daily Telegraph online, Conservative MP Daniel Hannan writes about his recent tour of speaking engagements at various conservative institutions in the U.S. Finding his message that Americans should "cleave to their Jeffersonian heritage" in the face of government...More >>
In a recent entry on the Huffington Post , Michael Meranze, History Professor at UCLA, quotes Jefferson and cites his epitaph in arguing against cuts in state spending on education at all levels in California. Read it at the Huffington Post More Jefferson quotes on educationMore >>
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Just in time for July 4, the annual run of Jefferson-related articles starts rolling in: The New York Times - Time Wastes Too Fast Wall Street Journal - Two Centuries On, a Cryptologist Cracks a Presidential Code Wall Street Journal - Thomas Jefferson, Musician New Yorker - July 4th Cartoon Caption...More >>
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In her latest piece for the New York Times , Maira Kalman presents a moving and funny homage to Jefferson and Monticello following a recent visit to Charlottesville. Reader reaction has been very positive. Over 250 comments posted were in under 24 hours, with many including references to past and...More >>
In seeking to set a new tone for relations between the United States and the Muslim world, President Obama invoked the words of Thomas Jefferson and referenced Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), who used Jefferson's personal copy of the Koran, rather than a bible, for his swearing-in ceremony...More >>
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What make of car would Jefferson drive? What make of car would Jefferson drive? (use "Other" to suggest model or a make/model not listed) ( poll ) Post a comment with your suggestion.More >>
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Invocations and indictments of Jefferson often appear in unlikely places. But in relation to a remake of a corny 1970s TV space saga? Hmm. Seems like a jump worthy of an FTL drive. But if you like history, science fiction, or literary criticism, you might enjoy this Sarah Yahm review of the series...More >>

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