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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 >>
I've been curiously watching the flutterings about this in the news for the past week or so - the Seattle Atheists are running a bus ad campaign featuring quotations by Jefferson and some other people. (You can see images of all three ads here .) Before anybody asks, that is in fact a genuine...More >>
Does the 44th share the view of the third? Is the presidency a "splendid misery?" While interviewing President Obama on Face the Nation yesterday, Bob Schieffer mentioned his recent visit to Monticello and its new visitor center, which will celebrate its grand opening on April 15 . Here is a...More >>
The National Weather Service bestows awards each year for outstanding-ness in their Cooperative Weather Observer Program; the award is, appropriately enough, named after Thomas Jefferson. This year's winner is Brother Anselm of Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas . TJ would be proud!More >>
Last September, I received a question from someone looking for a Jefferson letter titled, "The Value of Constitutions." Jefferson didn't usually bother to give his letters titles, so this was a bit puzzling. I finally figured out that this letter had been published in a volume edited by Edward...More >>
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A kitchen garden at the White House is not a new idea. In the early years of the nation, vegetables grew regularly at the White House and many people remember Eleanor Rosevelt's victory garden. Not only is Michelle Obama's garden a nod to the White House past, but it is part of a broader movement...More >>
Once-and-future ICJS fellow Andrea Wulf published a short, fascinating article in The Guardian just yesterday - the Obamas are digging up a patch to plant vegetables at the White House, following a long tradition of presidential vegetable gardeners, including Our Man TJ (of course).More >>
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