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Some weeks ago a book was returned to us, and its back cover caught my eye. As it happens, the book itself, as well as its author, are well worth examination, even though they seem not to be as well known as they should be. For those of you who are unfamiliar with her, Marie Goebel Kimball was...More >>
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Citing President Jefferson's historic battle against the Barbary pirates, Chuck Norris calls for similar action against present-day "sea radicals." Read why Walker, Texas Ranger wants the United States to deliver a Thomas Jefferson-style, roundhouse kick to the Somali pirates who menace commercial...More >>
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Cue the angel chorus! At long long long last, the Papers of Thomas Jefferson are now available online ! (And this morning I see that the site is already down. Perhaps we have already loved it to death. I'm sure it will be back up presently.) The site currently provides the full content, including...More >>
Our unofficial motto here at the Jefferson Library is "A Good Place to Eat," so it seems highly appropriate that this week we are hosting a lecture on food (at which there will also be food, or so I'm told - I hope that means fried things!): Early American Southern Cuisine Nancy Carter Crump, a...More >>
As newspapers' budgets, circulations and newsrooms shrink, Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center takes the opportunity to revisit the Jeffersonian idea of the press as government watchdogs, suggesting that the decline of newspapers and the rise of elMore >>
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Historian and 2008 National Book Award winner Annette Gordon-Reed writes on CNN.com that recent events involving race, religion, even piracy once again emphasize Thomas Jefferson's relevance in the modern world.More >>
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Today was the grand opening of the new Monticello Visitor Center & Smith Education Center , and we are sooooooo tired right now. It was a full-on, no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners, pedal-to-the-medal extravaganza, with a fife and drum corps, a gospel choir, the municipal band, Miss Virginia,...More >>
It has been over two hundred years since President Jefferson sent U.S. Navy ships to the Mediterranean to deal with the perenniel threat of pirates disrupting international trade. And yet, it all sounds familiar. Pirates off the coast of Africa. An American ship attacked. A captain held hostage. U...More >>
Guest commentary It is a rare thing for historians of early American foreign policy to see their subject discussed on national cable outlets. In the mid-1990s, when I first began my research on the Barbary War, the last major study of the subject had sat on library shelves for nearly 60 years and...More >>
I feel obliged to inform you, if you didn't already know, that it's Thomas Jefferson's 266th birthday today. In honor of the day, I thought I'd direct your attention to a lovely essay I discovered a few weeks ago: " Mr. Jefferson and I share Garden Notes ." The author, in the course of busily...More >>

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