Now serving 1,000 and counting!

November 13, 2008 Jeffersonia Blog welcomed its 1,000th visitor on Wednesday November 12, 2008.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.

A quote by Cicero, TJ’s favorite Roman:

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others”

Photo by cliff1066

The Declaration of Independence Unplugged Pt. I

November 12, 2008 drafting his version of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson sought out feedback from, among others, Benjamin Franklin. Jefferson was a tactician, and probably realizing his original draft would not be universally accepted as is (as the Founding Fathers were not known to agree on a whole lot of topics), I think he conceded the fewest changes in order to get the heart of his document across.

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Madison, Monroe Neck and Neck

November 11, 2008 past weekend in Founding Fathers Football, undefeated Madison and West Monroe remain neck and neck (current ranking in HighschoolRivals’ Top 100 is 27th and 28th place, respectively). Hamilton is third (moving up a spot to 32nd). Thomas Jefferson remains fourth (in the 55th spot), with Columbus right behind him (no Columbus was not a Founding Father and is ineligible for the game, but he was respected by TJ and his portrait did hang in the Parlor at Monticello, so there). Independence is last, but scores points for reaching the highly ironic 76th spot (you know – spirit of ’76 and whatnot)! [Note: If we included yearly celebrations, then Centennial would currently be in first place]. An interesting (if sad) sidebar: two Jefferson-named schools were defeated by Top100 teams this week.

For the Christian version of FFF, Trinity (of TX) and St. Thomas Aquinas
are battling it out for first (both in Christian FFF and HighschoolRivals Top 100). St. Ignatius is a close third.

Source: HighschoolRivals
Photo by seattlemunicipalarchives

The United States Declaration of Independence

November 10, 2008

declarationFor the full text, see below.

For an ‘antique” looking replica, go here.

To see the originals, go here. Read the rest of this entry »

Monticello Mapped Pt. II

November 9, 2008

Click here for a cool PDF map of Monticello Mountain.

Click here to read Part I.

Source: Monticello

Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Opens for Visitors Today

November 8, 2008

Beginning at 11am today, Monticello’s new TJ Visitor Center will become operational. The Visitor Pavillion, Museum Shop, and Cafe will all open their doors. Their will be cookies, and free T-shirts for the kids, as well as the musical stylings of Williamsburg Field Musick bringing you the hottest fife and drum hits of the 1700s and 1800s. (According to their blog, they appeared in HBO’s award-winning John Adams miniseries).


Source: Monticello

Try THOMAS (not the Tank Engine)

November 7, 2008

“In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress.”


The Library of Congress website has named their legislative search engine after TJ himself. Created in 1995, THOMAS is a one stop depot for all kinds of information. Among other things you can search for:

  • Bills and Resolutions
  • Public Laws
  • House and Senate roll call votes
  • Activity in Congress
  • Congressional Record
  • Schedules and Calendars
  • Comittee info
  • Presidential nominations
  • Treaties
  • Government resources and more!

This is a great resource for research papers and the legally curious. Check it out. TJ would be proud!

Source: Library of Congress