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The latest Journal of Southern History (volume LXXIV no. 4, or 74 for us Roman-numerically-challenged people) carries an article by former ICJS fellow Brian Steele, "Thomas Jefferson, Coercion, and the Limits of Harmonious Union" (pp. 823-854).  In the reviews section we have several...MORE »

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Anna Berkes

For my Fake TJ Stories files, and for the edification of our 6 devoted readers, I offer the following Reference Question Tale:

It is claimed, by websites and other sources various and sundry, that Thomas Jefferson, upon hearing of a meteorite crash in Connecticut in 1807 and its...MORE »

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Anna Berkes

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:

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Anna Berkes

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" t MORE »

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...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 »
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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...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...MORE »

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A patron asked us about a very unusual quotation the other day: apparently someone, sometime said that Thomas Jefferson was "...a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father..."; this was supposedly a comment made by Jefferson's...MORE »

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For your reading enjoyment, here are some other possible names for this blog that we either came up with ourselves or that were submitted by creative family, friends and coworkers:
  • A Nickel's Worth
  • From TJ to you
  • Blogocello
  • Commonplace Review
  • "Your Tomgnosis", Jeffereuna, or TJ Ousia (from a contestant armed with a Greek dictionary)
  • Blog of the Revolution
  • Sage of the Blogosphere
  • Monticello Rumblings
  • Annalou and TJ Too
  • When in the course of blogging events
  • MORE »
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Anna Berkes

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:...MORE »

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