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.
I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he [Christ] wished anyone to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; and believing he never claimed any other.more »
That would be a great name for a band, wouldn't it? Or a car. Alas, no, it's my latest book acquisition, and although I do poke gentle fun at my Gilded Pig, it really is a great little find. I've been scouring the Internets for undiscovered works of genius by Marie Kimball, and came across a book she wrote - more of a pamphmore »
Several years ago, a visitor to Monticello emailed me and asked about something they'd seen in the Jefferson family graveyard, just a short walk down from Mulberry Row: Thomas Jefferson's gravestone seemed to be covered with coins. What's that about?more »