A STUDY IN HISTORICAL SILENCES
WHERE DID IT GO?
Vain, snobbish, distinctly upper-class in his libertine social habits, Gouverneur Morris nevertheless saw himself justifiably as "A Representative of America"
After the American sailor's ship was captured, he was held a slave in Algeria for 15 years
The brilliant Polish engineer who made possible the victory at Saratoga was a fighter for freedom in both America and his homeland
A careless America has lost or ignored most of its priceless collection of patent models. Sometimes exquisite,sometimes little more than toys, those that remain display in the inventors’ own handiwork the history of our technology
A seasoned scholar examines in detail evidence that the widowed Thomas Jefferson took as his mistress Sally Hemings, the beautiful quadroon half sister of his late wife
We have come a long way from the philosophy of the Enlightenment...a shift that represents a retreat rather than an advance, argues the noted historian.
The revival in the nineteenth century of medieval motifs in architecture extended from villas and furniture to farmhouses and vineries
It was a romance in which the statesman found his Head at war with his Heart
The idea goes back to the very beginnings of our national history. Then as now, it was built upon human relationships, and these—as Mr. Jefferson found to his sorrow—make a fragile foundation.
Is it libel to say that the President of the United States tried to seduce his neighbor’s wife—even if he did? Thomas Jefferson tried to gag the venomous editor of upstate New York’s Wasp; Alexander Hamilton argued brilliantly in defense of journalistic candor.
In a strange message to the intriguing General Wilkinson, the soldier-explorer seemed to predict his own geographical befuddlement and his capture by the Spanish.
Back from France with an epicure’s knowledge of haute cuisine , our third President served the most lavish dinners in White House history
The American system of choosing a President has not worked out badly, far as it may be from the Founding Fathers’ vision of a natural aristocracy
Jefferson and Madison led a revolutionary fight for complete separation of church and state. Their reasons probed the basic relation between religion and democracy
Medicine was primitive and their knowledge of it limited, but in their hazardous journey to the Pacific, Lewis and Clark lost only one patient
His feat was more daring than Paul Revere’s, but Virginia’s hero had, alas, no Longfellow
Among his many other achievements, Jefferson was one of the leading architects of his day, responsible for the introduction of the Greek Revival style into America.
When he offered Congress his library, his foes charged that it was full of books which “never ought to be read” and probably ought to be burned
Washington was his idol, but he could not apply his American ideals to a France sliding into the Terror