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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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I received the following update notification just now from Oxford University Press regarding the African American Studies Center fulltext file to which we subscribe. Note: this is a restricted access service available only to computer users at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation OR at any other institution with a paid subscription to this resource. Dear Jack Robertson - Thomas Jefferson Foundation,More >>
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Sometimes it seems an uphill battle, disabusing people of the notion that Jefferson is the source of every smart, catchy thing ever said. I was reassured this week to find out that I'm not alone in my efforts. An intrepid blogger became suspicious of a supposed Jefferson quote that has risen to the...More >>
Well, "It's the economy, stupid" is back in this election year in a big way! So, I have to bring up Jefferson's debt in the course of making us feel a little better. He loved to spend the money and he made some unwise decisions, and his family paid a big price for it.More >>
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Recently on a weekend trip to D.C. I stopped in at the Library of Congress to visit the Thomas Jefferson's Library exhibit. This reconstructed library of the books Jefferson sold to Congress in 1815 was unveiled on Apr 12 this year as part of the new Library of Congress Experience , exhibits that...More >>
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Two gentlemen, Will Thomas and Doug Seefeldt, who helped develop content and programs in digital history at the University of Virginia’s Virginia Center for Digital History — http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/index.php?page=VCDH – are now in charge of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, History...More >>
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