Tag Archives: Thomas Jefferson

Scottish Enlightenment and Franklin and Jefferson

I came across this short piece on some connections between Adam Smith, David Hume, and the American founders. Hume writing to Benjamin Franklin in 1762: “I am sure America has sent us many good things; gold, silver, sugar, tobacco, indigo, … Continue reading

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Joseph Priestley’s significance

I did not know this about Priestley’s significance to two of the great American founding fathers: “In the 165 letters that passed between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the name Benjamin Franklin is mentioned five times, George Washington three times, … Continue reading

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John Adams, the mini series

[Reposted for this 4th of July.] John Adams the mini-series came out last year, but I just began watching it yesterday. The first two episodes are excellent. What a great way to spend part of July 4. Paul Giamatti’s performance … Continue reading

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CEE video interviews

I have been fortunate to interview several of CEE’s expert guest speakers over the past year.

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Late to the show, but excellent timing

John Adams the mini-series came out last year, but I just began watching it yesterday. The first two episodes are excellent. What a great way to spend part of July 4. Paul Giamatti’s performance hooked me: I have a renewed … Continue reading

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Interview: David N. Mayer on Thomas Jefferson

Dr. David Mayer on his lecture, “Thomas Jefferson and the Holy Cause of Freedom,” about Jefferson’s writings on the nature and importance of liberty. Part I Part II More interviews with CEE’s guest speakers are available here.

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Worth Reading for May 2006

5/31 Two recent takes on contemporary intellectual culture: In the Chronicle, Michael Kimmel reviews several trendy novels in the “comic cartoon [is] the form best suited to illuminate our age”: “To speak truthfully and insightfully today you must have a … Continue reading

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