Responding to a flood of emails from listeners, this week an out-of-character program discussing the recent events at Charlottesville.
- "Charlottesville: Why Jefferson Matters" by Annette Gordon-Reed
- "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf
- Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy Paperback by Annette Gordon-Reed
- The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family Paperback by Annette Gordon-Reed
- VICE News Tonight: Charlottesville: Race and Terror
- National Museum of African American History & Culture
- New York Times: "Why Lee Should Go, and Washington Should Stay" by Jon Meacham
- New York Times: "Confederate Statues and ‘Our’ History" by Eric Foner
- The Guardian: "'The civil war lies on us like a sleeping dragon': America's deadly divide - and why it has returned" by David Blight
The ugly parade of American nazism that took place at Charlottesville on August 12th could have happened anywhere: Anaheim, Detroit, Miami, Denver. I don’t know if the organizers consciously chose to take their hate right into the heart of Jefferson’s dream for America, but that was its effect on me. Like every other reasonably enlightened American I was horrified by what happened in Charlottesville, still more horrified by our current president’s coy flirtation with the darkest forces still awash in America.
Read this week's Jefferson Watch essay, "Thomas Jefferson: Weeping for America."