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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...More >>
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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"...More >>
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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 >>
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We recently received back a book that we had sent out to be repaired, namely The Bizarre Sisters , by Jay and Audrey Walz. I've provided an image of the cover here for your delectation. There was nothing wrong with the case or the text block - it was the dust jacket that was in need of some TLC, and when you see what it looks like, I'm sure you'll understand why we felt the need to preserve it for posterity.More >>
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I've discovered by accident that we now have access to the Papers of George Washington Digital Edition (since we've shelled out the big bucks for this one, it's only available from Foundation computers - sorry, Everybody Else! You might ask your local librarian about getting access). The provider...More >>
A certain segment of the Foundation's staff has recently discovered Robert E. Wright's book The First Wall Street: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, and the Birth of American Finance, and has glommed onto it in a big way. As I never read any of the books I buy for the library (no time, got things to do), I always appreciate staff book reviews. I'm told that this book makes a potentially dead boring topic interesting and easy to understand. So there you have it! I've been commissioned to buy as many of Mr. Wright's books as I can get my hands on. Brace yourself.More >>
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...and she has delivered a juicy new title: Race and Liberty in the New Nation: Emancipation in Virginia from the Revolution to Nat Turner's Rebellion , by Eva Sheppard Wolf. This book is right up our alley. Also, its cover matches the blog nicely.More >>
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The latest issue of Colonial Williamsburg (vol. XXIX no. 2, Spring 2007) has a few articles of particular interest to Jeffersonists: " Jefferson's Tardy Constitution ," by Jack Lynch (the online version includes the "Jefferson's Constitution Zoomable Slideshow," which requires Flash)More >>
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Albemarle Monthly magazine just published in its February-March 2007 issue a profile of the Jefferson Library, replete with lovely photographs of our building. Unfortunately, the article isn't available online, but you can still see a little of what you're looking for . That same issue has some...More >>
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One of our informants encountered a story, related by one Thomas Bloomer Balch, a Presbyterian minister writing about a visit to Monticello ca. 1839, and remembering his childhood in the D.C. area (published in "Picturesque Narratives. South West Range," The Christian World vol. 3 (August 1843))...More >>

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