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Find out what the Thomas Jefferson Foundation as well as Monticello staff members and guest bloggers have to say about Jefferson and Monticello.


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Chad

In a recent entry on the Huffington Post, Michael Meranze, History Professor at UCLA, quotes Jefferson and cites his epitaph in arguing against cuts in state spending on education at all levels in California.

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Jefferson Today
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Jack Robertson

Our friend Rick Britton is offering a class through the Charlottesville Senior Center entitled "Tales of the University: Great Names & Events in U.Va.'s Early History." Details are as follows:

Introduction—The beautiful University of Virginia is...MORE »

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A Summary View
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Anna Berkes
There was a little mini-explosion of chatter over the last week on What Jefferson Thought About Intelligent Design.  I wasn't aware that Jefferson thought about intelligent design, but as we all know, if you use Thomas Jefferson's name in your argument, you automatically win.  Double points for including a relevant quotation.MORE »
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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Anna Berkes

Over the July 4th weekend I celebrated by watching a lot of Founding-Fathery patriotic television shows.  This was more disturbing than entertaining, as one particular show - which I shall forebear to mention here - set me off on a Rumpelstilskin-esque fit of rage.   I actually yelled at my...MORE »

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Chad

Just in time for July 4, the annual run of Jefferson-related articles starts rolling in:

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Jefferson Today
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Anna Berkes
It would be gilding the lily somewhat for me to try to talk too much about this, so I'll just say that author/artist Maira Kalman visited Monticello and captured the experience in one of her trademark picture-essay blog entries, entitled "Time Wastes Too Fast."  It is, in the words of one commenter...MORE »
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Chad

In her latest piece for the New York Times, Maira Kalman presents a moving and funny homage to Jefferson and Monticello following a recent visit to Charlottesville. Reader reaction has been very positive.  Over 250 comments posted were in under 24 hours, with many including references...MORE »

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Anna Berkes

True Story: In 1820-something, John Adlum, one of America's first wine geeks and sometime correspondent of our TJ's, writes to his friend Nicholas Longworth, "In bringing this grape [by which he meant the Catawba] into public notice, I have rendered my country a greater service, than I would...MORE »

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Thomas Jefferson, Food and drink
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Anna Berkes

As I believe I mentioned in a previous blog post, this fall will mark the 200th anniversary of Meriwether Lewis's untimely and weird death on the Natchez Trace.  To prepare for the momentous occasion, I felt...MORE »

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A Summary View, Research
Author: 
Anna Berkes
Since I set up my Google Alert, which allows me to track when new mentions of "Thomas Jefferson" appear on the Internet, I've been amazed to see that there is almost always a tiny little wave of rhetorical consultations of TJ in reaction to each big news story.  In essence, every time something big...MORE »

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