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October, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Meriwether Lewis's bizarre death, and oh what a smorgasbord of Lewisiana there is to wallow around in this year. This past Sunday the Chicago Sun-Times...MORE »

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A Summary View, Research
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In the latest issue of Common-Place ("The Journal We Don't Pay For"), Alison L. LaCroix relates how she, another professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and some intrepid law students tried to get inside the legal minds of the Founding Fathers by reading the same fiction they...MORE »

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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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I've been curiously watching the flutterings about this in the news for the past week or so - the Seattle Atheists are running a bus ad campaign featuring quotations by Jefferson and some...MORE »

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The National Weather Service bestows awards each year for outstanding-ness in their Cooperative Weather Observer Program; the award is, appropriately enough, named after Thomas Jefferson.  This year's winner is...MORE »
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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Last September, I received a question from someone looking for a Jefferson letter titled, "The Value of Constitutions."  Jefferson didn't usually bother to give his letters titles, so this was a bit puzzling.  I finally figured out that this letter had been published in a...MORE »

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A Summary View
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Once-and-future ICJS fellow Andrea Wulf published a...MORE »

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A Summary View, Farm and Gardens
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The Mental Floss blog is having a Tournament of Genius instead.  Thomas Jefferson was pitted against Bill James in round 1 (Division II) and...MORE »
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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Well, it's the 144th birthday of Paul Leicester Ford.  I know you're asking, who the heck's that guy?  (Or maybe you're not, if you work at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson/Retirement Series).  But perhaps you don't know...MORE »

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The Bradford pear trees are blooming this week (at least I think they're Bradford pear trees, but I have been known to misidentify plants), and for once on the first official day of the season it actually seems like said season.  Just in time for all this, there's a new book from the University of Virginia Press: Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservation Wo MORE »

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A Summary View, Farm and Gardens
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I've already mentioned this book in a previous blog post, but this blogger's discussion of David G. Post's...MORE »

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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View

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