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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 >>
Jefferson's got something uncannily insightful to say about everything (or so it seems), so I suppose it was only a matter of time before comparisons of the current Somali Pirate Situation to Jefferson's Barbary Pirate Situation starting popping up like daffodils. Just a sideways mention at first...More >>
October, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Meriwether Lewis 's bizarre death, and oh what a smorgasbord of Lewisiana there is to wallow around in this year. This past Sunday the Chicago Sun-Times reviewed the latest Lewis biography , by Thomas Danisi and John Jackson; there also seems to have...More >>
In the latest issue of Common-Place ("The Journal We Don't Pay For"), Alison L. LaCroix relates how she, another professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and some intrepid law students tried to get inside the legal minds of the Founding Fathers by reading the same fiction they read. They...More >>

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