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Anna Berkes

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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Anna Berkes

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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Anna Berkes

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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Anna Berkes
And by "extravaganza" I mean "two book reviews in one issue."  In the latest Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (vol. 117 no. 1):
  • Douglas L. Wilson reviews Kevin Hayes' book, The Road to Monticello (review-o-meter: Wilson thinks the book is too long.  The word "
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Anna Berkes

Just arrived inexplicably on our desk the other day (Museum Shop?  Is that you, sending us presents?) - another book on Jefferson's relevance to today's issues of new technologies, intellectual property, and the laws that govern them...MORE »

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Anna Berkes
American Scientist is getting a lot of mileage out of Jefferson lately.  In the March-April 2009 issue of American Scientist, mathematician Lawren Smithline helps out the folks at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson by decoding a supposedly-unbreakably-encoded message sent to Jefferson by Philadelphia smarty-pants Robert Patterson in 1801.MORE »
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Anna Berkes

Most quotations we're asked about sound nothing like Thomas Jefferson, but since I can't pin down their true source, they sort of hang frustratingly out there in Quotation Limbo.  So it gives me great satisfaction...MORE »

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Anna Berkes

A few items of possible interest which I've decided to throw all together in one entry, as my lineup of Things to Blog About is getting longer and longer:

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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Anna Berkes

Usually I don't plague my half-dozen loyal readers with more than one post in a single day, but I couldn't resist pointing out this article:

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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Anna Berkes
A recent editorial by Thomas Fleming in the Wall Street Journal asks the question, "Was George W. Bush such a bad president?"  I mean, look at...Thomas Jefferson, for example! He really whiffed on that embargo thing.  Read Fleming's...MORE »
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