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LibraryPoint Blog

08/18/2010 - 10:04am

Interview airs beginning August 18.
John Pearce is Director of the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library and Director of the James Monroe Presidential Center. He shares his more than 40 years of experience in Early American Culture, decorative arts, and heritage preservation.  

Find out more about CRRL Presents.

08/27/2010 - 1:57pm

If your early education taught you something about Thomas Jefferson, it likely included facts on his part in authoring the Declaration of Independence, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Jefferson was an ideas man—a deep thinker. Well-educated in the classics at the College of William and Mary, he stayed out of the usual undergrad troubles by keeping at his studies and socializing with the professors while classmates spent their time drinking, gambling, and racing their horses through the streets. As historian Michael Kranish relates in Flight from Monticello, he made plenty of friends, but they were from the same landed gentry class as himself.

He first encountered an upstart farmer named Patrick Henry at a friend’s dinner party. Jefferson was not impressed by his dress, candid manners or frank speech, which drew a crowd of admirers. Not so much the classical scholar, Patrick Henry was already a practicing attorney while Jefferson was still in school.  While Jefferson carried on learned conversations with his professors, Henry was winning cases—not with references to Greek and Roman scholars but by spelling out the plain merits of the case and the rules of law. Jefferson found his courtroom arguments crude but admired his ability to turn a phrase and set a crowd on fire.
08/17/2010 - 2:05pm

Every Wednesday we ask "What are you reading?" on our Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/crrlnews & www.facebook.com/crrlteens) and Twitter account (www.twitter.com/crrlnews).

Find out more in this article in today's Free Lance-Star.

Building a community of readers is at the core of our mission, and finding new and fun ways to do this is thrilling.

Lend your voice to our book "discussion" tomorrow by telling us what you're reading!  Looking for suggestions for what to read next? Check out what our other library friends are reading for ideas!