#1342 Dressing Down

He was drest, or rather undrest, with an old brown coat, red waistcoat, old corduroy small clothes, much soiled-woolen hose-and slippers without heels.
— William Plumer, 1802

This week we talk about Thomas Jefferson’s talent for political theater, and the ways he used this talent to reinforce the public perception of his firm beliefs in republicanism and guard against what he saw as a threat of monarchy in the young nation.

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Further Reading

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Jefferson: Genius and Eccentric

The Jefferson Watch

Some of the things Jefferson did were not designed to make a statement about democracy or self-government. In some respects, Jefferson was just weird.

What Would Jefferson Do?

I refused to honor the subpoena but I did voluntarily supply some of the documents.
— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson

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