James Thompson's Virginia Historical Society Banner Lecture- Follow up and Recap Video September 24 2014

      The Virginia Historical Society's spacious Robbins Family Theater was filled to capacity on September 9th with Richmond history buffs who came to hear publisher and author James Thompson describe the Idea Men who enlightened France in the mid-18th century, the Salons where their ideas were discussed and debated, and the man who guided Jefferson through the progressive circles of pre-revolutionary Paris into the reform movement that precipitated the French Revolution. Thompson deviated from previous accounts of Jefferson in France, by relating what Jefferson learned from his hosts rather than what he taught them. To learn more about this topic on Jefferson’s visit in Paris read “Thomas Jefferson’s Enlightenment Paris-1785.”

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