Annette Gordon-Reed discusses a tricky question in the latest American Heritage magazine (vol. 58 no. 5, Fall 2008): "Did Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson Love Each Other? A Historian Tackles One of American History's Thorniest Questions". Don't worry, I won't give away the ending, but Gordon-Reed brings up some intriguing facts and makes some thought-provoking observations.more »
A question from a patron prompted me to take another look at the quotation, "dissent is the highest form of patriotism." This is probably one of the most frequent quotation questions for us, but I haven't taken a fresh look at it for several years. Google Books has revolutionized the way I search for TJ quotations (which usually turn out to be non-TJ quotations, more often than not), and in this case it helped us pinpoint earlier origins for this quotation. The general gist is that we can now trace this quotation back to at least the Vietnam era, when it seems to have beenmore »
Our very own Rick Britton will be giving a lecture on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 P.M. at the Historic Fluvanna Courthouse in Palmyra, Virginia, titled, "General John Hartwell Cocke of Fluvanna." The lecture is hosted by the Fluvanna County Historical Society and a reception at the Society's "Maggie's House" (next to the Old Stone Jail Museum on the Court Square in Palmyra) will follow.
The lecture is open to the public. For more information, call (434) 589-7910 or email email@example.com »
A new book will be published by the author of Measuring America:Andro Linklater (June 2007) entitled the Fabric of America. He describes the importance of order by boundaries that helped make America grow. Settlers wanted government involved to create laws, especially enforce land claims. It basically reverses Turner's frontier thesis. In this new book, his main topic is Andmore »
Want to see a moving "expression of the American mind"? Check out the U.S. Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud. Drag the slider all the way to the left and then slowly drag it to the right to see an interesting portrayal of what was on the collective national mind over the years. Watch the word "war" grow bigger and smaller...watch the word "Mexico" appear for the first time..."emancipation"..."Cuba"..."corporations"..."labor"..."Germans"...watch the word "unemployment" appear and grow larger and then smaller over the 1930's...more »
Ask Ace has Asked Anna again. This time the burning question regards TJ's celebration of his birthday (or, as it turns out, lack thereof). I do like the Houdon bust festooned with a pointy party hat.more »