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.
The White House Historical Association: “Dressing Down for the Presidency: Thomas Jjefferson's Republican Simplicity” by Gaye Wilson
Internet Archive: Jefferson at Monticello: The Private Life of Thomas Jefferson by Hamilton W. Pierson
Monticello: Jefferson's Clothing
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.