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  • emThe Hemingses of Monticelloem
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    The Hemingses of Monticello

    Annette Gordon-Reed talked about her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton; September 17, 2008), and how she came to write it. She responded to audience…

  • The Partnership of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
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    The Partnership of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

    Richard Brookhiser spoke about the partnership between Presidents Jefferson and James Madison, and about how each influenced the other. His topics included the ways in which Jefferson was much like an…

  • Thomas Jefferson as Revolutionary
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    Thomas Jefferson as Revolutionary

    Professor Woody Holton discussed Thomas Jefferson’s motivations for writing the Declaration of Independence and the groups that influenced him. He also responded to questions from members of the…

  • Thomas Jefferson and the American West
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    Thomas Jefferson and the American West

    John Logan Allen talked about the role President Jefferson played in the Louisiana Purchase and the expedition of Lewis and Clark which explored and mapped western land. He talked about…

  • Jefferson Adams and Religion
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    Jefferson, Adams and Religion

    Scholars spoke about the various books and ideas that shaped the religious theology and philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They focused on how various works by religious leaders, Enlightenment philosophers,…

  • Jefferson Adams and Their Legacy
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    Jefferson, Adams and Their Legacy

    Panelists talked about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s friendship, legacies, and libraries. They also spoke about the social climate of the Founding Fathers. Following their prepared remarks, they answered…

  • Experiences of Writers on the Lewis and Clark Trail
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    Experiences of Writers on the Lewis and Clark Trail

    The panelists, all authors of books about Merriwether Lewis and William Clark, discussed what it was like writing a book about the famous explorers. They discussed their research methods,…

  • Discovering York
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    Discovering York

    One of the members of the Corps of Discovery was William Clark’s African-American slave, York. The panelists discussed topics including the influence of African-Americans on the expedition,…

  • Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commencement
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    Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commencement

    On January 18, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to Congress asking it to fund the exploration of the western part of the continent. Thus began a three-year journey which took…

  • American Indian Voices
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    American Indian Voices

    Native Americans spoke about their culture and history and their present day concerns.

  • President Jefferson and Women
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    President Jefferson and Women

    Mr. Adams, who is currently working on a book about Thomas Jefferson’s time in France, talked about Jefferson’s relationships with women during his time there between 1784 and 1789.…

  • Thomas JeffersonSally Hemings Findings
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    Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings Findings

    Foundation representatives talked with reporters about recently released findings of a DNA study concerning the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and one of his slaves, Sally Hemings.…

  • Thomas Jefferson and Freedom of the Press
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    Thomas Jefferson and Freedom of the Press

    The speakers described Thomas Jefferson’s perspective on the freedom of the press. Thomas Jefferson started a newspaper of his own because he did not like certain other newspapers.

  • Washington Journal Monticello
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    Washington Journal: Monticello

    In the first of a three-part series, Monticello, the home of President Jefferson was profiled. In the first segment, Mr. Daniel talked about the history of Monticello and Ms. Stein provided a tour of several…

  • Financial World of Thomas Jefferson
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    Financial World of Thomas Jefferson

    Professor Herbert Sloan spoke about how Thomas Jefferson lost most of his personal assets after he served as president. He emphasized that Jefferson handled his financial affairs well for…

  • emThe Inner Jeffersonem
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    The Inner Jefferson

    On the lawn of Monticello, Mr. Burstein spoke about his new book, The Inner Jefferson: Portrait of a Grieving Optimist, which examines President Jefferson’s private correspondence. He talked…