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Jim Sofka

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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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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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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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Anna Berkes

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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LAN

Does the 44th share the view of the third? Is the presidency a "splendid misery?" While interviewing President Obama on Face the Nation yesterday, Bob Schieffer mentioned his recent visit to Monticello...MORE »

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Anna Berkes
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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Anna Berkes

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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Eric Johnson

A kitchen garden at the White House is not a new idea. In the early years of the nation, vegetables grew regularly at the White House and many people remember Eleanor Rosevelt's victory garden. Not only is...MORE »

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