Monthly Archives: August 2019

3.01 – Source Notes

Special thanks to Chris Flynn of the Number 10 Podcast for providing the intro quote for this episode!

  • Brodie, Fawn M. Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History. New York: Bantam Books, 1985 [1974].
  • Cunningham, Noble E., Jr. In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Ballantine Books, 1988 [1987].
  • Gordon-Reed, Annette, and Peter Onuf. “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination. New York and London: Liveright Publishing, 2016.
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “To John Harvie, 14 January 1760,” Founders Online, National Archives, accessed April 11, 2019, Original source: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 1, 1760–1776, ed. Julian P. Boyd. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950, p. 3.] [Last Accessed: 2 Jul 2019]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “To Thomas Jefferson Randolph, 24 November 1808,” Founders Online, National Archives, accessed April 11, 2019, [Last Accessed: 24 Jun 2019]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “To William W. Hening, 25 July 1809,” Founders Online, National Archives, accessed April 11, 2019, [Original source: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series, vol. 1, 4 March 1809 to 15 November 1809, ed. J. Jefferson Looney. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004, pp. 369–370.] [Last Accessed: 3 Jul 2019]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 6 Jan.-29 July 1821, 6 January 1821,” Founders Online, National Archives, accessed April 11, 2019, [Last Accessed: 24 Jun 2019]
  • Kierner, Cynthia A. Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
  • Landry, Jerry. The Presidencies of the United States. 2018-2019.
  • Malone, Dumas. Jefferson the Virginian: Jefferson and His Time, Volume One. Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1948.
  • Meacham, Jon. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. New York: Random House, 2012.
  • Peterson, Merrill D, ed. The Portable Thomas Jefferson. New York: Penguin Books, 1977.

Featured Image: “George Wythe, Signer of the Declaration of Independence” by James Barton Longacre, courtesy of Wikipedia

3.01 – Jefferson Pre-Presidency Part One

Year(s) Discussed: 1612-1774

From his birth in Albemarle County, VA, Thomas Jefferson’s personality and public career began to take shape through his education at William and Mary, and his introduction to the world of politics in colonial Virginia. Along the way, he would be influenced by family members and mentors and would in turn start to impact his own young family, his neighbors, those individuals he enslaved, and the course of events in British North America. Sources used in this episode can be found at

Featured Image: “Rebuilt Wren building with Italianate towers c. 1859” [1875], courtesy of Wikipedia

2.26 – Source Notes

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Sources referenced for this episode:

  • Adams, John. “To Thomas Jefferson, 17 February 1786,” Founders Online, National Archives, accessed April 11, 2019, [Original source: The Adams Papers, Papers of John Adams, vol. 18, December 1785–January 1787, ed. Gregg L. Lint, Sara Martin, C. James Taylor, Sara Georgini, Hobson Woodward, Sara B. Sikes, Amanda M. Norton. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016, pp. 165–167.] [Last Accessed: 6 Aug 2019]
  • Cappon, Lester J, ed. The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams. Chapel Hill, NC and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1987 [1959].
  • Ferling, John. John Adams: A Life. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010 [1992].
  • Lambert, Frank. The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World. New York: Hill and Wang, 2007 [2005].
  • Landry, Jerry. The Presidencies of the United States. 2018-2019.
  • McCullough, David. John Adams. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001.
  • Nagel, Paul C. John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1997.

Images used for this episode:

  • “The Ajax, a Man of War, sailing into Portsmouth Harbour, with a View of South Sea Castle” by Carington Bowles [1783],_a_Man_of_War,_sailing_into_Portsmouth_Harbour,_with_a_View_of_South_Sea_Castle_NMM_PU7566_(cropped).jpg
  • “Interior of the Great Hall on the Binnenhof in The Hague, during the Great Assembly of the States-General in 1651,” attributed to Bartholomeus van Bassen and Anthonie Palamedes [c. 1651-1652]
  • “American Commissioners of the Preliminary Peace Agreement with Great Britain (unfinished oil sketch)” by Benjamin West [c. 1783-1784]
  • “Dam square, Amsterdam” by Gerrit Adriaenszoon Berckheyde [c. late 17th century]
  • “George Washington” by Gilbert Stuart [c. 1795-1796],_1795-96.png
  • “Barbaria” by Jan Janssonius [c. 1650]
  • “Official Presidential Portrait of Thomas Jefferson” by Rembrandt Peale [c. 1800],_1800).jpg
  • “John Adams” by Gilbert Stuart [c. 1800-1815],_Gilbert_Stuart,_c1800_1815.jpg
  • “Official Presidential Portrait of John Adams” by John Trumbull [c. 1792-1793],_circa_1792).jpg
  • “Thomas Jefferson” by John Trumbull [c. 1788]
  • “John Adams” by Charles Willson Peale [c. 1791-1794]
  • “Thomas Pinckney” by John Trumbull (original); WC Armstrong (engraving) []
  • “Portrait of John Adams” by Eliphalet Frazer Andrews [1881]
  • “Portrait of John Adams” by Gilbert Stuart [c. 1815]
  • “Oliver Wolcott Jr” by Gilbert Stuart [c. 1820]
  • “Alexander Hamilton” by William J Weaver
  • “Portrait of President John Adams” by Gilbert Stuart [c. 1821]
  • “Portrait of George Washington Adams, son of John Quincy Adams” by Charles Bird King [c. 1820]
  • “John Quincy Adams” by George Peter Alexander Healy [1858],_1858.jpg
  • “John Adams II, son of President John Quincy Adams” by unknown [c. 1820]
  • “John Quincy Adams” by Gilbert Stuart [1818]


2.26 – Adams Q&A

Year(s) Discussed: 1735-1848

I asked for your questions to wrap up our series on the second POTUS, and you sent in some great ones! In this episode, we discuss everything from Adams’s tenure as US Minister to the Netherlands to his relationship with his family members to his and JQA’s legacies to what kind of food he liked. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions! For those listening through a podcatcher, my apologies for the audio quality – I recorded it as a video and had to add in alternate audio later as I referenced what would be shown on the screen. If you’d like to watch the video instead, it’s available at

Sources used for this episode as well as other resources referenced can be found at

Featured Image: “Bust of John Adams from the Senate Vice Presidential Bust Collection” by Daniel Chester French [c. 1890], courtesy of Wikipedia