Joseph Ellis, Pulitzer Prize winning historian and author of American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, writes in Sunday's Washington Post that Barack Obama's history-making oath is rooted in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence. more »
One of the best parts about our jobs as librarians is that we run across some wicked-cool bits of information. Ever since first reading Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, I've been curious about one particular passage (of course, I wonder about these things because I'm a big time science geek). The passage reads:
Late experiments shew that the human body will exist in rooms heated to 140°. of Reaumur, equal to 347°. of Farenheit, and 135°. above boiling water.more »
The sole quotation cited in President Bush’s 13-minute final address to the nation last night was from Thomas Jefferson’s 1816 letter to John Adams in which he wrote, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
The crew and passengers of the Thomas Jefferson helped rescue more than 50 US Airways passengers stranded in the icy Hudson River after Thursday's plane crash.
"They were cheering when we pulled up," said Capt. Vince Lombardi. more »
Guest commentary...all men are created equal... —Declaration of Independence, 1776
This phrase has been the idea more than the American reality, but it has inspired generations to help create a more perfect union. more »