Thomas Jefferson

The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson

By William Howard Adams

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As envoy for the new nation, Jefferson found great intellectual stimulation among the Parisian intellectuals during his five years there which was to translate into an enlightened idealism for the United States. Drawn from original source material and includes references to the women in Jefferson's life.

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Mr. Jefferson's Lost Cause: Land, Farmers, Slavery and the Louisiana Purchase

By Roger Kennedy

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Jefferson's dream of filling the land he purchased with independent farmers was not to be realized. Much of the land would be worked by slaves, solidifying the institution's hold on the new nation. Kennedy, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, has also used interesting yet obscure historical characters to add depth to his story.

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The Jefferson Scandals: A Rebuttal

By Virginius Dabney

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A book that argues against Thomas Jefferson's relationship with Sally Hemings.

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A Family Narrative of a Revolutionary Officer

By Francis J. Brooke

Macfarlane & Fergusson Printers, Richmond, Va. 1849

Reprinted in The Magazine of History with Notes and Queries

Published by William Abbatt, 1921 Extra Number--No. 74


OUR first item is an unusual one—a family memoir, written by a father for his children and issued as a private publication, in a very small edition: so small that its existence is almost unknown, but one copy being recorded as sold, in many years.

The author was a distinguished lawyer and judge of Virginia, who had joined Washington's army at sixteen, and after the Revolution held various judicial offices, including that of judge of the Court of Appeals, which he held for forty years.

Making the Most of Strawberry Season

First, a Little History

Originally, strawberries were wild things. Their unique flavor and sweetness led to their cultivation. At Monticello, Thomas Jefferson grew Alpine Strawberries, a European import, among other varieties and shared the seeds with his friends. The plants were hardy and delicious, but the berries were tiny. Jefferson remarked that "100 would fill half a pint." Wild strawberries grew freely in abandoned fields and woods and were gathered by Indians and colonists alike.