Peter Onuf, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia (and a great friend of Monticello) wrote a thought-provoking piece in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star about the nature of Americans' views of liberty from the earliest days of the republic:more »
Ben Gelber, meteorologist and author of The Pennsylvania Weather Book, wrote an op-ed piece in today's New York Times in which he examines how Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and other luminaries of 18th-century science debated issues of climate in their own day.
Read the piece at The New York Times.more »
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:) more »
This blog entry came up in my Google Alert a few days ago - its main focus is actually a cathedral in Saigon, but it incidentally mentions a fascinating little episode in Jefferson's life of which I was heretofore unaware.more »
If you've been following this blog, or even talking to me on a regular basis, you know that we went through an extraordinarily obnoxious patch a year or so ago in which we were getting fake Jefferson quotation questions about every 4 minutes or so. This seemed to be largely due to some sort of chain-email thing that was making the rounds, although we've always done quite a brisk business in quotation debunking. Some day I will compile some actual statistics on this, but off the top of my head I would venture to say that at least half of the questions we answer are to do with quomore »
In an op-ed piece in today's Boston Globe, Lou Ureneck takes to task the sorry state of modern-day civic affairs. He begins by describing Jefferson, in France in 1787, writing to fellow Virginian Edward Carrington while pondering "the problems of government that guaranteed freedom and ensured the people’s well-being" in the aftermath of Shays' Rebellion.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 determined to turn Jefferson's wall of separation between church and state into a picket fence.more »
In case you didn't know, it was Banned Books Week last week - the American Library Association decreed it. And if you're following the Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Facebook page, you will already have caught a glimpse of what I'm going to be talking about here. (I should have suspected those guys would scoop me when I told them about this little episode a few weeksmore »
In February, we discussed recently unveiled murals of Monticello and Mount Vernon by artist Kerry Marshall in the atrium of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In this video, Marshall discusses the murals and his use of games and puzzles to point out the hidden aspects and challenges inherent in interpreting the founders today.