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Thomas Jefferson, Congress, and Gifts?

Query: Lewis & Clark brought back several gifts from Indian tribes. Some of these gifts entered Thomas Jefferson's collection at Monticello, and TJ describes these gifts in his own writings as diplomatic gifts. Of course, TJ received/accepted them while he was President.

TJ also received a diplomatic (through the American consul in Russia: Levett Harris) from Emperor (Tsar) Alexander I. It was a bust of Alexander I. TJ also received and accepted this gift while President. 

New Interim Issue of Common-place


In a disorienting season, the interim issue of Common-place provides historical guidance. Our reviewers explore exciting new books on topics like media bias (Robert G. Parkinson’s  The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution); and the connections between place and politics (Gretchen J. Woertendyke, Hemispheric Regionalism: Romance and the Geography of Genre).

TOC: Journal of the Early Republic

The following is the table of contents for the Journal of the Early Republic, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The issue features articles about black education in antebellum Ohio, the relationship between women and slaves in constitutional thought, and Haitian revolutionaries. Find the table of contents below and the full issue on Project Muse.

TOC: Early American Studies Spring 2017

The following is the table of contents for the Spring 2017 issue of Early American Studies, a journal published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The theme for issue 15.2 is The Republics of Benjamin Rush, a Founding Father and important figure in Philadelphia. Check out the table of contents below and the full issue on Project Muse.