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  • Thomas Jeffersons White House
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    Thomas Jefferson's White House

    James Conroy discussed his book, Jefferson’s White House: Monticello on the Potomac, which examines the physical state of the White House during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency and how he…

  • Thomas Jeffersons Life and Legacy
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    Thomas Jefferson's Life and Legacy

    University of Mary Washington History Professor William Crawley discussed the life and legacy of third president Thomas Jefferson, paying particular attention to his words and actions on issues of…

  • Thomas Jeffersons Papers
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    Thomas Jefferson's Papers

    J. Jefferson Looney talked about the decades-long project to compile Thomas Jefferson’s correspondence and other papers so that the “Sage of Monticello” will be more accessible to scholars and the public.…

  • Thomas Jefferson and George Washington
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    Thomas Jefferson and George Washington

    Veteran historical interpreters portraying Thomas Jefferson and George Washington engaged in a conversation about their roles in the Revolutionary War and the constitutional government that followed.…

  • Jefferson Lafayette and the French Revolution
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    Jefferson, Lafayette and the French Revolution

    Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette -- portrayed by Monticello’s Bill Barker and Colonial Williamsburg’s Mark Schneider-- discussed the French Revolution, the alliance between…

  • Interpreting Thomas Jefferson and Slavery
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    Interpreting Thomas Jefferson and Slavery

    Thomas Jefferson interpreter Bill Barker and Monticello’s Historic Interpretation Manager, Brandon Dillard, discused how depictions of both slavery and Jefferson’s life have changed over recent…

  • Gardening at Monticello
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    Gardening at Monticello

    Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Bill Barker, discussed his love of gardening from the West Lawn of Monticello. He talked about his planting methods, experiments, and the enslaved people who tended and…

  • Thomas Jeffersons Image
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    Thomas Jefferson's Image

    Gaye Wilson talked about the clues in Thomas Jefferson’s dress and mannerisms that reveal how he wished to present himself and his politics in the new Republic. Ms. Wilson is a senior historian…

  • Thomas Jefferson on Declaring Independence
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    Thomas Jefferson on Declaring Independence

    To mark Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington, Concord and Menotomy in April, 1775, Monticello hosted a conversation with President Thomas…

  • emThomas Jefferson  Author of Americaem
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    Thomas Jefferson: Author of America

    Christopher Hitchens talked about his book Thomas Jefferson: Author of America, published by HarperCollins in its Eminent Lives series. He described both the public and private lives of Thomas…

  • Jefferson and the Federalists in Washington DC
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    Jefferson and the Federalists in Washington, D.C.

    U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Historian William “Chuck” diGiacomantonio discussed the tumultuous interactions between Democratic-Republican President Thomas Jefferson and Federalist…

  • Alan Taylor Discusses emThomas Jeffersons Educationem
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    Thomas Jefferson's Education

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor talked about his book in which he argued that Thomas Jefferson’s egalitarian words differed from his actions and that the founding of the University…

  • Slavery at Thomas Jeffersons Monticello
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    Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

    Christa Dierksheide, Gardiner Hallock, and Steve Light showed some of the renovations taking place to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was renovating the south wing of…

  • Thomas Jeffersons Poplar Forest
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    Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

    Thomas Jefferson built Poplar Forest as a secluded retreat from public life. Travis McDonald, director of Architectural Restoration, talked about the site’s history and goes behind the scenes of the current…

  • emMost Blessed of the Patriarchsem
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    Most Blessed of the Patriarchs

    Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf talked about their book "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, in which they examine the intellectual…

  • emJeffersons Daughtersem
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    Jefferson's Daughters

    Villanova University history professor, Catherine Kerrison, explored the lives of Thomas Jefferson’s daughters, Martha and Maria Jefferson, as well as Harriet Hemings, born into slavery at…

  • Archaeology at Poplar Forest
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    Archaeology at Poplar Forest

    Jack Gary, director of Archaeology and Landscapes, talked about some of the items found at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, including pieces that tell the story of slave life, trades practiced, and how…

  • Jeffersons Bible
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    Jefferson's Bible

    The work of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Paper Conservation Laboratory project to preserve the “Jefferson Bible” was shown. In his retirement years Thomas Jefferson…

  • QA with Gordon Wood
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    Q&A with Gordon Wood

    Historian Gordon Wood discussed his book, Friends Divided, about the relationship and differing political views of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

  • Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase
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    Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase

    Professor Gene Smith talked about Thomas Jefferson’s challenges with the Louisiana Purchase Treaty. He discussed Jefferson’s concerns over whether it was unconstitutional, the resistance from the…

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