Tag: Thomas Jefferson

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“Most Blessed of the Patriarchs:” Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Imagination

Book review: “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs:” Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Imagination  by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf (Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016). [BUY NOW ON AMAZON] Since the death of one of the Revolution’s foremost patriots and author of the Declaration of Independence, Americans have grappled with Thomas Jefferson’s legacy.  Undoubtedly one […]

by Kelly Mielke
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Thomas Jefferson, Scientist

When people think about Thomas Jefferson, they think of a founding father, an advocate of liberty, and an American Patriot. But what people don’t normally think about is Thomas Jefferson’s scientific mind. Jefferson was a man who explored anything and everything that attracted his interest. He took it upon himself to value knowledge above almost […]

by Travis Martin
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A Yankee Doodle Dinner

Most of us learned the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy” as schoolchildren, and many of us puzzled over the reference to macaroni in its lyrics.  How could one confuse a feather for pasta, and did they even have macaroni back then?  The short answer is, “yes,” but short answers are rarely as interesting as long ones. […]

by Lars D. H. Hedbor
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Mrs. Byrd’s “Affair at Westover”

In traveling upriver on his raid to Richmond in early January 1781, General Benedict Arnold disembarked his army at Westover on the James River where they confiscated enough horses for the advance party and set up camp.  Westover was actually a large plantation owned by Mary Willing Byrd.  She was the widow of William Byrd […]

by Wayne Lynch
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Jefferson and the Declaration

Myth: Thomas Jefferson found the ideas for the Declaration of Independence “from deep within himself.” (Joseph Ellis, American Sphinx.) Busted: Not according to Jefferson. The “the object of the Declaration of Independence,” he wrote, was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had […]

by Ray Raphael
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How They Loved Their Spirits

Colonial Americans loved their rum – and their port, and their Madeira, and their beer. Many of them were confident that alcohol could cure the sick and make life ever more cheerful, being used as both a beverage and, in moderation, a medicine. Even the father of our country, George Washington, owned a distillery at […]

by Pamela Murrow