Category Archives: Thomas Jefferson

“Fake News”

The topic of “fake news” has been in the media of late. Many Americans may believe that this is a new phenomenon; sadly, it is not. Fake news has long been one of the center pieces of American political life. … Continue reading

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In Philadelphia

  John Norvell had written to Thomas Jefferson in 1807 asking his opinion of a career in the press, which Jefferson felt was a dishonorable profession filled liars and with those he viewed, at times, as enemies.  Norvell, unlike Jefferson, … Continue reading

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Letters to Mr. Jefferson

Americans today view their president for the most part as a distant figure, protected by the secret service, and for the most part unreachable. It is surprising then to note that in the 19th century, Americans often wrote to the … Continue reading

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Who are you related to?

Author Dan Brown got it all wrong in The Da Vinci Code. Mary Magdalene was not related to the most famous man who ever lived. She was related to all the most famous men and women who ever lived – … Continue reading

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A Letter to Mr. Jefferson

In 1807, my great great grandfather John Norvell, then a 17 year-old boy, wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson, then president of the United States, asking him about his opinion of journalism as a future career. Danville, K[y]. May 9, … Continue reading

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