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A recent editorial by Thomas Fleming in the Wall Street Journal asks the question, "Was George W. Bush such a bad president?" I mean, look at...Thomas Jefferson, for example! He really whiffed on that embargo thing. Read Fleming's litany of Low Moments in the American Presidency and decide for...More >>
Well, it took me all day but I plowed through all of the Google Alerts I've gotten in the past week (even the weekend ones, that's how dedicated I am), just as I said I would , and came up with the following numbers: A total of 22 websites quoted TJ in some form or fashion. (Mind you, the Alert...More >>
I'm eagerly delving into a book that arrived just today: Antonio Molina, Patriarch of the Anthony Mullins Family: An American History , compiled by Marjorie O'Brien Casteel. Who is Antonio Molina, AKA Anthony Mullins (or "little Anthony," as Jefferson called him)? Mullins was one of the men brought...More >>
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The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello announces the release of Religion, State and Society: Jefferson's Wall of Separation in Comparative Perspective , a compilation of essays that examine the separation of religion and state in a comparative perspective with...More >>
Oh happy day: volume 5 of Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series has arrived. This brings us up through March 1813 - only 13 years, 3 months, and 4 days to go! (Er, plus the remaining seven years of his presidency .) In this installment, TJ "receives many requests for governmental patronage...More >>
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Recently unveiled murals of Monticello and Mount Vernon at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art capture the contradiction found in two slave-owning founders of American freedom. Created by artist Kerry Marshall, the murals depict the presidents' homes in vivid color but a closer look reveals the...More >>
In the latest issue of Early American Life is an article by once-and-future ICJS fellow Andrea Wulf, "The Brother Gardeners," described thusly: A mutual love of plants drew American John Bartram and Englishman Peter Collinson into a long-term partnership that changed the face of European gardening...More >>
A few days ago I set up a Google Alert to let me know when any new material appeared on the Internet (or technically speaking, in Google's index of the Internet) with the phrase "Thomas Jefferson." Amidst all the reportage of Thomas Jefferson High School's basketball triumph over West Diddlyfunk...More >>
Here's something exciting for the foodies among you: “Colonial Hearths, Country Cookstoves: Exploring the Culinary Legacies of Mary Randolph and Edna Lewis” A Special Culinary Program celebrating “Virginia Women in History” and “African American Trailblazers in Virginia History,” sponsored by the...More >>
An interesting work just arrived: Genius Genes: How Asperger Talents Changed the World , by Michael Fitzgerald and Brendan O'Brien (Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2007). Chapter 4 features an "examination" of Our Man Jefferson, in support of the hypothesis that he had Asperger's Syndrome. It's...More >>

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