Legislative Supremacy

Legislative Supremacy

"All positive legislation must come out of the congress of the United States. Any president who creates law from his desk should be impeached."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson

#1227 The Missing Book

#1227 The Missing Book

"[Meriwether Lewis] kept promising copy and he never sent a single page. We don't know what, if anything, became of his manuscript. We have nothing. He wouldn't communicate with us."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson

President Jefferson talks about the Lewis & Clark expedition and America's role as an “Empire of liberty". Jefferson, that Type A keeper of records, was disappointed that Meriwether Lewis failed to complete his book about the journey. Lewis was Jefferson's neighbor, his protégé, his private secretary in the White House, and he led the most successful expedition in American history — a voyage Clay & David have spent many years discussing, and one that Clay revisits by foot and by canoe each summer with Odyssey Tours.

The Lives of Enslaved People at Monticello: An Interview With Niya Bates

The Lives of Enslaved People at Monticello: An Interview With Niya Bates

"You can't understand Jefferson without understanding slavery; you can't understand the paradox of his life and the words that he wrote in the Declaration of Independence without understanding this historical connection with Sally Hemings and with the enslaved people in general at Monticello."

— Niya Bates

#1226 American Happiness

#1226 American Happiness

A variety of subjects are covered on the Thomas Jefferson Hour this week, including a discussion about Benjamin Franklin Bache's newspaper the Philadelphia Aurora, the effect negative press had on politicians during Jefferson’s time and an interview with Niya Bates about restoration work ongoing at Monticello.

#1225 Liberty's First Crisis

#1225 Liberty's First Crisis

Our conversation this week is with the scholar, Charles Slack. Slack is the author of Liberty's First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech.

#1224 Friends of the Hour

#1224 Friends of the Hour

On this episode, listeners call us and ask questions directly to President Jefferson.

#1222 First Retirement (Part Two)

#1222 First Retirement (Part Two)

We return to our “Jefferson 101” series with a continued discussion about Jefferson’s period of retirement after his term as Secretary of State ended in 1793 and he returned to Monticello. Subjects include Jefferson’s reasons for leaving Washington, the Jay treaty, slavery and a revealing letter Jefferson wrote to his daughter Maria.