This week, we return to the Jefferson 101 series and discuss Jefferson’s first term as President. In particular, we discuss the Barbary pirates, the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark expedition.
- Thomas Jefferson: Author of America by Christopher Hitchens
"Then the Jeffersonian insight struck me. Today we talk about being “off the grid” as something that Thoreauvians or hippies undertake. A few tens of thousands of people nationwide do what they can to sever their dependence on our civilization’s supply lines of water, electricity, heat, and communications networks. Back in Jefferson’s time, when there were six million Americans, everyone was off the grid. Even Jefferson, a man of privilege, had to build his house from bricks baked on site, and with timbers from the forests that enveloped his 'little mountain.'"
Read this week's Jefferson Watch essay, "Off the Grid."