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Today in history: April 13, 1743

Thomas Jefferson was born. James Parton: A gentleman of 32 who could calculate an eclipse, survey an estate, tie an artery, plan an edifice, try a cause, break a horse, dance a minuet, and play the violin. From David McCullough’s … Continue reading

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Today in history, February 22, 1732

George Washington, first President of the United States, was born. (All quotes from George Washington’s letters below I got from my copy of the Library of America’s compilation of his writings) Thomas Jefferson on George Washington: The moderation and virtue … Continue reading

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“We Don’t Know Anything About Other People. We Can Only Know Them From the Outside. This Is One Of the Great Joys Of Life.”

So says Irish writer John Banville in this awesome recent interview about his new book that has set my mind spinning. There’s so much in it. So much to think about. There are only a couple of writers today where … Continue reading

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Today in history: February 22, 1732

George Washington, first President of the United States, was born. (All quotes from George Washington’s letters below I got from my copy of George Washington : Writings (Library of America)) Thomas Jefferson on George Washington: The moderation and virtue of … Continue reading

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The Books: “His Excellency: George Washington” (Joseph Ellis)

Daily Excerpt continues: Next book in my American history section is His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph Ellis Hard to believe but this is the last book on this particular bookshelf (at least the last one I’ve READ. I hav … Continue reading

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The Books: “American Sphinx : The Character of Thomas Jefferson” (Joseph Ellis)

Next Daily Excerpt: Next book in my American history section is American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph (“Yeah. I was in ‘Nam. DOH.”) Ellis. My favorite of all of his contemplative biographies – he really just hits … Continue reading

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The Books: “Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams” (Joseph Ellis)

Next Daily Excerpt: Next book in my American history section is Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams by Joseph Ellis In addition to Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation Ellis has these other books which don’t qualify exactly … Continue reading

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The Books: “Founding Brothers” (Joseph Ellis)

And here is my next excerpt of the day from my library. Next book in my American history section is the marvelous Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, by Joseph Ellis. 7 guys: Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Madison, Franklin … Continue reading

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Presidents: “the Jeffersonian utopia”

From Joseph Ellis’ book on Thomas Jefferson: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson: The vision he projected in the natural rights section of the Declaration, then, represented yet another formulation of the Jeffersonian imagination. The specific form of the … Continue reading

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You know you’re in trouble when …

… the Preface of a biography of George Washington makes you cry. All this just in time for Presidents Day. As those of you have stuck around my little corner of the Net for more than a year, you know … Continue reading

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