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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. JULIAN BOND is Chairman of the NAACP , Professor of History at the University of...More >>
<blockquote> <em>"A nation, by establishing a character of liberality and magnanimity, gains in the friendship and respect of others more than the worth of mere money." <cite>--Thomas Jefferson, Special Message, January 13, 1806.</cite></em> </blockquote>More >>
"A nation, by establishing a character of liberality and magnanimity, gains in the friendship and respect of others more than the worth of mere money." --Thomas Jefferson, Special Message, January 13, 1806.More >>
Hot off the press (almost) from another of our former ICJS fellows, Jeff Matsuura, is Jefferson vs. the Patent Trolls: A Populist Vision of Intellectual Property Rights (produced in an aesthetically pleasing setting and travel-friendly size by the University of Virginia Press in late 2008). Even if...More >>
Guest commentary "man ... feels that he is a participator in the government of affairs, not merely at an election one day in the year, but every day..." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Cabell, February 2, 1816 There's a lot that is appealing in Jefferson's observation, with its expression of an ideal...More >>
Guest commentary When Jefferson penned these words he was thinking of the kind of participatory "ward" democracy that took place in New England town meetings, the kind of democracy that still only takes place in small towns where people personally discuss and vote on issues relating to their...More >>
Guest commentary Jefferson's letter to Cabell is one of the fullest elaborations of his federal theory (the other is another 1816 letter, to Samuel Kercheval). Advocates of "strong" or "participatory" democracy invoke these letters, usually acknowledging that they refer to local self-government in...More >>
Guest commentary man ... feels that he is a participator in the government of affairs, not merely at an election one day in the year, but every day... --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Cabell, February 2, 1816 I think Jefferson's comment to Cabell is more the statement of an aspiration rather than a...More >>
One of our alert former fellows brought Hillary Clinton's quotation of Jefferson during her recent Secretary of State confirmation hearings to my attention. Of course I can't help myself from checking to make sure that famous people quoting TJ have actually gotten their quotes correct, because a) I...More >>
I've just laboriously sussed out the farthest points north, south, east and west Jefferson ever traveled and put it up on the Encyclopedia here . I find this handy when people ask us if, say, TJ ever visited Las Vegas, to be able to say, "nope, sorry, the farthest west he ever got was..." (Okay, no...More >>

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