Research Librarian at the Jefferson Library. I manage the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia, write the Summary View blog, and answer all sorts of queries. I'm interested in Jefferson's family and genealogy, historical myths and the different ways people remember (or misremember) events of the past, and quotations, among many other things.
It seems that the glory days of spurious Jefferson quotations have gone. Rarely do we get these types of questions any more. Now that we are experiencing a breather on that front, I've had the chance to ponder the phenomenon a bit.more »