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.
...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 »
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 »
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 »
We are having some calamitous (for Virginia) weather lately - an astonishingly brutal winter altogether so far, in fact. I'm told the kids are calling it "Snowpocalypse," or "Snowtorious B.I.G." So I thought it would be nice to shamelessly mooch off some splendid research done by one of my colleagues and bring you a snow-themed post in honor of this snowy weekend; something to do for about 3 minutes while you're snowed in, or, if you are not snowed in, something to feel real good about.more »
Immediately following President Obama’s State of the Union address, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell delivered the Republican response and quoted Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address in making the party’s case that “the federal government is simply trying to do too much.”more »
Everybody loves countdowns, right? Right. So, I’ve come up with my own list of things people get wrong about Jefferson, based on my extensive observation of the stuff people put on the Internet or ask us about. Here goes:
I received a little book in the mail just a bit ago, and I think it deserves to be read in front of a fire with a cup of tea. It is called Romanticism and Nationalism in the Old South, by Rollin Osterweis (Louisiana State University Press, 1971) and is full of paragraphs like this:more »