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The arrival of the latest William and Mary Quarterly (or WMQ , as I affectionately call it) has occasioned its usual flutter of excitement among its devotees. The following items in the table of contents caught my eye: " Tom Paine's Common Sense and Ours ," by Sophia Rosenfeld " Culture and...More >>
Our new project at the Jefferson Encyclopedia centers around heirloom seeds and plants from the Center for Historic Plants . With the kind help of Peggy (CHP director), we are putting in her information on hundreds of plants, many related to Jefferson. It is a great way to learn more about...More >>
It's not quite brand new, but a number of our staff were positively googly-eyed over this book, so I thought it worth mentioning: A Pattern Book of Tools and Household Goods , published by the Early American Industries Association in cooperation with the http://www.pem.org " tMore >>
...and who doesn't, really? Well, this is the museum exhibit for you: "Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005" kicked off just this past weekend at Winterthur Museum .More >>
Sometimes it's a little scary how persistent apocryphal stories about Jefferson are. Case in point: the perennial (for us) question, "Did Thomas Jefferson shoot someone on the White House lawn?" There's no evidence that he did , and strangely enough, the source of this particularly bizarre story...More >>
Say we're a library. Specifically, a library attached to a world famous (indeed, a U.N. World Heritage-designated) historic site. We have an incredible array of information about the founding father for whom we work: scholarly monographs, popular books, documentaries, journal and magazine articles, primary sources, secondary sources--heck, we'd even have quaternary and quinary sources if such exist.More >>
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A friend recently commented to me that she enjoys the feel of books' paper pages as a tactile treat -- even though so many millions of pages have been converted to digital facsimiles and can be readily accessed via the Internet. The case in point was John P. Foley's Jeffersonian Cyclopedia ,...More >>
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In the October 27th issue of Newsweek, you can read an article entitled " It's Not Easy Bein' Blue " and Jefferson is mentioned. The author argues that for the most part we are a center-right country and it has been like that for a lot longer than we may think. Jefferson is part of the "staple tenets of the central faith in American political ideologies" like private property, individual choice over government mandate, and individual opportunity.More >>
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Since 1994 the Scout Report has listed and annotated praiseworthy websites of interest to librarians, teachers, students, and scholars. Here's one that we will add to our Thomas Jefferson Portal research database: Creating the United States . More info:More >>
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Looking at Washington D.C. today it is hard to imagine it during Jefferson's time. Scott Berg's new book, Grand Avenues , examines the rise of the new capitol city and Charles L'Enfant's larger vision (vs. Jefferson's more modest one) for its development. The book also explores L'Enfant's rocky...More >>
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