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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.


Author: 
Anna Berkes

Our unofficial motto here at the Jefferson Library is "A Good Place to Eat," so it seems highly appropriate that this week we are hosting a lecture on food (at which there will also be food, or so I'm told - I hope that means fried things!):

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Author: 
Eric Johnson

As  newspapers' budgets, circulations and newsrooms shrink, Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center takes the opportunity to revisit the Jeffersonian idea of the press as government watchdogs, suggesting that the decline of newspapers and the rise of el MORE »

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Jefferson Today
Author: 
LAN

Historian and 2008 National Book Award winner Annette Gordon-Reed writes on CNN.com that recent events involving race, religion, even piracy once again emphasize Thomas Jefferson...MORE »

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Jefferson Today
Author: 
Anna Berkes

Today was the grand opening of the new Monticello Visitor Center & Smith Education Center, and we are sooooooo tired right now.  It was a full-on, no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners,...MORE »

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Jim Sofka

Guest commentary

It is a rare thing for historians of early American foreign policy to see their subject discussed on national cable outlets. In the mid-1990s, when I first began my research on the Barbary War, the last major study of the subject had sat on library...MORE »

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Chad

It has been over two hundred years since President Jefferson sent U.S. Navy ships to the Mediterranean to deal with the perenniel threat of pirates disrupting international trade. And yet, it all sounds familiar. Pirates off the coast of Africa. An American ship attacked. A captain held hostage...MORE »

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Anna Berkes
I feel obliged to inform you, if you didn't already know, that it's Thomas Jefferson's 266th birthday today.  In honor of the day, I thought I'd direct your attention to a lovely essay I discovered a few weeks ago: "...MORE »
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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Anna Berkes

Jefferson's got something uncannily insightful to say about everything (or so it seems), so I suppose it was only a matter of time before comparisons of the current Somali Pirate Situation to Jefferson's Barbary Pirate Situation starting popping up like daffodils. Just a...MORE »

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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Anna Berkes

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
Author: 
Anna Berkes

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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