Skip to main content

Questions tagged [jefferson]

Questions about the American Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
4 votes
0 answers

With money we will get men, said Cæsar, and with men we will get money

In Notes on Virginia, Jefferson wrote: With money we will get men, said Cæsar, and with men we will get money. I'm interested in where this was sourced. I don't expect that Jefferson was quoting or ...
Charles's user avatar
  • 1,045
12 votes
1 answer

Could Thomas Jefferson have ever heard Mozart's Symphony No. 40, KV. 550?

The third president of the United States was a lifelong admirer of W. A. Mozart. Or rather, of Mozart's music; he arranged to meet Mozart in Paris when he was Minister to France (August 1784–September ...
Trey's user avatar
  • 223
2 votes
2 answers

What developments in Jefferson's life caused him to withdraw from the topic of slavery in political discourse?

Where Jefferson once saw slavery as the central flaw in Virginia, a sentiment he forcibly expressed in his Notes on the State of Virginia, he later “began to adjust his thinking to concentrate instead ...
Vincent Huang's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers

How did Thomas Jefferson's time in France influence his views of women?

Jefferson seemed to believe for some time that women were consigned to domestic duties while men were tasked food, shelter, protection, public debate, and politics. He went so far, in 1816, to declare ...
Vincent Huang's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer

To whom does Jefferson refer in the "Tree of Liberty" quote?

The famous tree of liberty quote, in full reads: God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, & always well informed. The part which is wrong will ...
Lanet Rino's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer

A question about an inscription inside the Jefferson memorial

This is a follow up to my question here. There, I asked about an inscription inside the Jefferon memorial that says: God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be ...
Ted Ersek's user avatar
  • 113
1 vote
1 answer

Is this inscription in the Jefferson memorial consistent with Jefferson's views?

An inscription inside the Jefferon memorial says: --- God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift ...
Ted Ersek's user avatar
16 votes
2 answers

When did the First Barbary War start?

I am reading about the First Barbary War from both Swedish and American perspective. I have what I believe to be a very reliable source in Swedish, and it says that the Pascha of Tripoli declared war ...
V.E.'s user avatar
  • 538
1 vote
1 answer

Where Can I Find Copies of the Richmond Enquirer? [closed]

I have been researching the background circumstances surrounding the writing of a particular poem, in addition to more information about the author. I've had a small degree of success finding ...
user avatar
5 votes
0 answers

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an notes and declaration of Independence [closed]

This book alludes to works of Thomas Jefferson studying the Quran and taking notes on it before writing the "Declaration of Independence". Also the book mentions that Jefferson had a personal copy ...
hist's user avatar
  • 706
8 votes
1 answer

Why did Jefferson have to 'Stretch the Constitutional Breaking Point' for the Louisiana Purchase?

Because the U.S. Constitution did not explicitly grant the president the power to purchase territory, when the 'Now or Never' moment came to purchase the Louisiana territory, he had 'stretched ...
aceinthehole's user avatar
1 vote
4 answers

What is the source of the Senate-as-saucer story?

A famous (though perhaps fictional) simile often quoted to point out the differences between the House and Senate involves an argument between George Washington, who favored having two chambers of ...
Felix Goldberg's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer

What cipher did Jefferson and Madison use to correspond?

In Richard Brookhiser's James Madison, he states that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison used a cipher while corresponding. He doesn't go into details about how the cipher worked. Rather, he shows ...
Bill Nace's user avatar
  • 1,001