Declaration of Independence. Draft in the handwriting of Thomas Jefferson. ([July 4, 1776])
Thomas Jefferson's recipe for vanilla ice cream, written in his own hand, ca. 1780s. It may be the first recipe for ice cream recorded in America (Jefferson most likely got it from a French source). Here is a transcription of the recipe if you're feeling bold enough to try it at home: www.loa.org/...
Thomas Jefferson quote/ No Religion
In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable desk of his own design.
Sally Hemings (~1773 – 1835) was the mixed-race slave of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. She was the daughter of Betty Hemings – also a mixed-race slave – and purportedly, attorney/slave trader/tobacco plantation owner, John Wayles, who was also father to Martha Wayles (Jefferson), Thomas Jefferson’s wife. This never-disputed lineage would have made Sally and Martha half-sisters; and there were several documented accounts that they strongly resembled each other.
“Master of the Mountain”: The real truth about Thomas Jefferson Forget Sally Hemings -- a historian discovers the ugliest side of a founding father in his ledgers: New evidence found in Jefferson's accounting ledgers demolishes the myth of the founding father as a kindly, reluctant slave owner...
“Master of the Mountain”: The real truth about Thomas Jefferson
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John Hemmings, a talented enslaved woodworker and slave crafted most of the fine woodwork of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, and much of the interior woodwork of Jefferson's house at Poplar Forest in Bedford County, Virginia. John Hemmings, an Enslaved Craftsman: A Recommended Read From The Monticello Classroom. firstchoiceind.ne...
Two new exhibitions come to an illuminating assessment of the past and Jefferson’s relationship to slavery.
Smithsonian and Monticello Exhibitions on Jefferson’s Slaves
'Utilizing analysis and studies by Welsh Color & Conservation, Inc., it was determined that the walls of Monticello's Dining room and Tea room were originally white unpainted plaster. Later in 1815 Jefferson had the Dining room painted a bright chrome yellow.'
"Monticello's enslaved cooks, Edith Fossett and Frances Hern, and their assistants carried platters of food from the kitchen upstairs to this revolving serving door. Burwell Colbert, the enslaved butler, worked inside the dining room, turned the door to receive the food. Colbert could serve the meal with the help of only a few enslaved teenage boys, in keeping with Jefferson's desire for privacy during diner. Jefferson had seen similar doors in use in European monasteries.
In his Cabinet, Jefferson arranged his plantation-made writing table, rotating leather chair and simple Windsor bench for his comfort while working. He used a polygraph machine to make copies of his letters. The revolving bookstand he designed to enable him to open five volumes at once.