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 »
Two articles with TJ/Monticello content in the latest issue of Early American Life:
"The Faces of a Generation," by Audrey J. Wolfe, about sculptor John Browere (who did a near-deadly life mask of Jefferson - there's a rather horrifying description of the proceedings by granddaughter Virginia here)
A new intriguing book on the shelves: Impossible Engineering: Technology and Territoriality on the Canal du Midi, by Chandra Mukerji (Princeton, 2009). This dovetails nicely with one of our new TJ Encyclopedia articles, which features (among other useful pieces of information), an itinerary of Jefferson's travels through southern France and Italy - during which, yes, he visited the Canal du Midi. He rather liked it:more »