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I know that when you want the latest hot Jefferson biography, it must seem like aeons until it is ready for you. Well, I am here to tell you that we are not just sitting on your book, twiddling our thumbs. No! We are doing Very Important Things to that book. You can’t see it, but we’re doing it...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. You...More >>
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...More >>
From the Reference Question files: “I’ve heard that Thomas Jefferson was a volunteer firefighter. Is this true?” If I had better PhotoShop skills, I would whip up a picture of TJ wearing a firehat. You all will just have to imagine how funny that would be. Well, now we have to be serious, because...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. The 30-second message was made with images from Monticello’s acclaimed...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. Dowig, I presume, is the...More >>
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Guesty commentary 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,...More >>
Guesty commentary 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 W ould Jefferson have supported the current health care reform? It’s hard to...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. Now, last time I talked about religion...More >>
N ational 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: Text of and audio link to the...More >>
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