Lots of people ask us for recommendations for which Jefferson biography to read, but the choices are so many and people’s tastes so varied that answering this question is always a bit tricky. So I thought I’d ask the audience: which would you recommend? I’ll prime the pump with a list of possibilities (in order of publication, lest you think I am trying to suggest some sort of ranking), but feel free to write in your own candidate!more »
Oh, Peter Jefferson! So fascinating, yet so mysterious. I never knew you designed a house, for instance.
Recently I ran across a 1990 article from the Raleigh (NC) News and Observer, which claimed that TJ’s father, Peter Jefferson (not Thomas Jefferson - they were very definite about that), had designed a house called High Rock Farm that had recently been sold to the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina.more »
Maybe we don’t have Jefferson’s actual letters here at the Jefferson Library, but we have other cool stuff – oh yes we do! One perhaps less showy-cool but nonetheless important sort of thing we have here is books, correspondence, and research notes from a lot of the great Jefferson scholars.more »
Monticello has a 30-second film spot running six times daily on the huge outdoor screen at the U.S. Pavilion of the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. The video runs daily through October and can seen by millions of Expo visitors.more »
A while ago, I was perusing the Memorandum Books, which Marie Kimball very eloquently (but somewhat over-optimistically) described as “candid tattlers of Jefferson’s every move,” when I spotted something curious.
1776 Aug. 8. Pd. Dowig for mourning ring 45/ thimble 4/6.
the increase of [federal] revenue ... hastens the moment of liberating our revenue, and of permitting us to begin upon canals, roads, colleges, &c. -- Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, May 29, 1805
Would Jefferson have supported the current health care reform? It’s hard to know.more »
...it is important to strengthen the State governments; and as this cannot be done by any change in the Federal Constitution (for the preservation of that is all we need contend for), it must be done by the States themselves... --Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, December 23, 1791more »
So, I logged onto WordPress a few days ago, with vague thoughts of doing a semi-religion-related post, when I saw this. A sign from God? Well, at the very least, it’s a sign from Barbie dressed up as an Episcopalian minister, and that’s good enough for me.more »
National Public Radio reported yesterday on the adoption of the yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flag by Tea Party activists. They spoke to historian (and former ICJS research fellow and advisory board member) Joseph Ellis about the history of that flag and its symbolism:more »
On Friday, March 12, the Texas Board of Education approved a revised curriculum that cuts Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century. According to the New York Times, the decision may have influence beyond Texas because the state is one of the largest buyers of textbooks.more »