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Congratulations to John Ragosta, one of our former ICJS fellows, who has an article in the new Virginia Magazine of History and Biography , "Fighting for Freedom: Virginia Dissenters' Struggle for Religious Liberty during the American Revolution" (vol. 116 no. 3). Hard copy is of course available...More >>
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-...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...More >>
I've just received a Very Large Book: The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe , by Michael W. Fazio and Patrick A. Snadon (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). This looks to be the meisterwerk on Latrobe, with lovely black & white photos, drawings, and color plates. 769 glossy...More >>
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Our very own Elizabeth V. Chew has an article published in the new book Structures and Subjectivities: Attending to Early Modern Women (ed. Joan E. Hartman and Adele Seeff, University of Delaware Press, 2007). The article is titled "Inhabiting the Great Man's House: Women and Space at Monticello,"...More >>
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...More >>
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An alert patron alerted me to the following: " American Revolution Flags Sell for $17.4 Million ." Apparently Col. Banastre Tarleton was quite the flag collector, and a descendant has sold at auction several flags that he captured during the American Revolution and brought back to England. The...More >>
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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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