Is the Indefensible Worth Saving?

Woodrow Wilson
Princeton University has determined that Woodrow Wilson’s legacy is a complex one and is, thus, worthy of preservation. Perhaps only those whom the 28th President would have regarded as his…
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More on a Model Friendship

In a recent post, I recounted the marvelous story of the restoration of the friendship of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, a friendship that had been disrupted by political differences.…
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The Spirit of Friendship

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Merrill D. Peterson’s 1976 book Adams and Jefferson: A Revolutionary Dialogue tells the story of their friendship from their first meeting in 1775 as delegates to the Second Continental Congress to their…
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Race, Reparations, and the Idea of America

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Atlantic cover essay making the case for reparations has something for everyone to like and to dislike, because a wise and serious depiction of the subject–which Coates provides–scrambles…
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Jefferson’s Lesson for Conservatives

Yesterday, timed almost perfectly with the unlawful extension of the ObamaCare employer-mandate delay, President Obama was touring Monticello with the visiting French president when he joked about breaking protocol there. “That’s…
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Jefferson Lives

When John Marshall became chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1801, notes the historian James F. Simon, the high court “could not, in fact, claim parity with the…
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Madison’s Moment

He may not have a grand monument like Thomas Jefferson; the pop culture revival of John Adams; a name synonymous with courage and heroism like George Washington; or the institutional…
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