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Celebrating the Fourth of July with Thomas Jefferson

Leslie Green Bowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Green Bowman

I have tears every year watching applicants for naturalization become American citizens. Since 1963, we have celebrated Independence Day at Monticello by welcoming new Americans who share Thomas Jefferson's vision of America.

The Afghan War and the Spirit of Jefferson

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

On this 4th of July weekend, with General Petraeus taking command in Afghanistan, what would Thomas Jefferson do? Would he see the massive military and nation building mission in Afghanistan as a wise and necessary course of action?

Declared: Jefferson's Handwritten Declaration of Independence at NYPL

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Written in Jefferson's hand, the manuscript is one of five fair copies he made between July 4 and July 10, 1776, to send to friends and colleagues.

George Washington -- the Teflon Founding Father?

John Ferling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Ferling

As a historian of the American Revolution, I have learned that to write about the Founders is guaranteed to get a lively response from general readers; to criticize them can be asking for trouble.

This Fourth of July, Celebrate 1776 -- The Movie

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

1776 is a reminder that the embrace of the status quo in the face of revolutionary ideas is nothing new. Nor is bloody legislative compromise or our ongoing frustration over a Congress mired in petty squabbling.

What Price for Freedom?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We must earn our right to be American. The bottom line is that we owe it to those who have put their lives on the line for our freedoms to make our citizenship count for something.

No, Mr. Beck, Jefferson Did Not Date His Documents 'In the Year of Our Lord Christ'

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

I'm going to take on another of pseudo-historian David Barton's favorite lies: that Thomas Jefferson dated his presidential documents "in the year of our Lord Christ.'

Reality Check: Understanding the Mujahedin-e Khalq

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

There has not been a single credible and independently verifiable finding that the MEK ever targeted any civilians or non-combatants. This is why the Iranian mullahs have fabricated cases against it.

Richard Nixon, George Washington, Al Gore: Top 7 Presidential 'Historical Tweets' (PHOTOS, POLL)

Alec McNayr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alec McNayr

In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing the best tweets in history, but today, we offer the top 7 tweets from U.S. presidents.

Religious Fundamentalism Should Not Be Affecting Americans' Rights

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Silberberg

What we don't realize is that we, as a nation, have allowed our own country to be ruled in part by our own domestic religious fundamentalism.

Were the Founding Fathers Alcoholics?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I want to talk about how much the founding fathers drank. Quite a bit. Just think what would happen if a politician today drank anywhere near as much as they did at that Constitutional party.

Thomas Jefferson Signed Census Sells For $122,500

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A first edition of the first U.S. census signed by Thomas Jefferson in 1791 has been sold at auction in New York City for over $122,0...

Someone's Mojo Is Working: A Conversation With Tom Petty

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I've been trying to get there for over a decade, really. [Blues] is the music we've always played. I guess over the last decade or so, it just became where I went when I wanted to listen to music."

The Politicization of a Founding Father

William Hyland Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hyland Jr.

Although the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings rumor survives, no reasonable, sensible person hearing all the evidence, not just rank speculation, has ever declared his or her belief in it.

Returning to Virtuous Governance

John Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Hart

We should never doubt that the destiny of our community, including overcoming the scars of corruption, will be written by those who care about its future and not those who abuse the privilege of holding the public's trust.

10 Of The Most Expensive Homes On Zillow (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Courtesy of the folks at Zillow, we've compiled the most-searched-for luxury homes on the web in the month of May. If Zillow's results are any indicat...

The Founders and the Creation of the American State

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Tea Partiers are not entirely wrong to warn about the potential of the state to repress freedom, but in overlooking the role of the state in ensuring these freedoms, they foolishly misread history.

Thomas Jefferson: A True American Radical

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Jefferson was a Renaissance man--a philosopher, architect, statesman and founder of the U. of Virginia--whose passion for individual freedom was rivaled only by his love of country.

A Journey into America, Past and Present

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Akbar Ahmed

Muslims are for Americans what the Russians were for Churchill: "A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." While the post-9/11 period brought...

In Writing, Art, And Music, Everybody Steals

David Shields | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Shields

The citation of sources belongs to the realms of journalism and scholarship, not art. Citation domesticates the work, flattens it, denudes, it, robs it of its excitement, risk, danger.

America's Poorest Presidents (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

US Presidents are, by nature, risk takers. You have to be to "lead the nation into war, annex millions of square miles of territory, or drop the atom...

When Faith Trumps Reason: the Curse of Scientific Illiteracy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Steeped in the wasteland of scientific illiteracy we in Texas descend ever further toward a theocracy, in danger of becoming the Iran of the West, or a bad copy of the former Soviet Union.

How Texas' School Board Tried to Pretend Slavery Never Happened and Why Your Kid's School May Be Next

Bryan Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryan Monroe

By incorporating their own conservative values into guidelines for history classes, the Texas Board of Education may force the entire nation to adopt their right-wing re-write of history.

In Search of Muslim Identity: Akbar Ahmed's Journey into America

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Milewski

Author Akbar Ahmed has dedicated himself to building bridges of understanding between worlds. I asked him about the impact of Faisal Shahzad's actions on the larger goal of increasing trust among Muslims and non-Muslims in the U.S. and beyond.

Texas Solution for Smart-Aleck Kids: Dumb 'Em Down

Doug Molitor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Molitor

Oh, wait, that wasn't Afghanistan. That was America. Okay, easy fix. Wherever I have "Taliban," just insert "right-wing Christians."