V-2, N-1: The Journal of Thomas Jefferson’s Life and Times - "Jefferson and Women"


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The Spring 2018 Issue of The Journal of Thomas Jefferson’s Life and Times will be released later in May. The of this issue is “Jefferson and Women.” In it, we look generally at Jefferson’s view of women as well as at several significant relationships that he had with females: e.g., his wife, his daughters, Elizabeth Walker, Maria Cosway, Abigail Adams, and Madame de Corny. In the featured essay, Vivienne Kelly and M. Andrew Holowchak offer a critical analysis of the recent “discovery” and reconstruction of slave Sally Hemings’ bedroom in the South Wing of Monticello.




Feature Essay

  1. Vivienne Kelley and M. Andrew Holowchak, “A Monticellian ‘Useful Fiction’? Sally Hemings Bedroom at Monticello”

Replies to Scherr

  1. Richard Dixon: Reply to Kelley and Holowchak
  2. Michael Lavin: Reply to Kelley and Holowchak


  1. Arthur Scherr, “Women and Jefferson’s Need for Love: Ambivalence and the Walker Affair”
  2. John Kaminski, “A Delicious Romance: The Charming American Diplomat and the Exquisite European Artist”
  3. Dave Dietrich, “Thomas Jefferson and Abigail Adams: A Singular Correspondence”
  4. James Thompson, “Marguerite-Victoire de Corny: Jefferson’s Most Significant Friend in Paris”
  5. Garrett Ward Sheldon, “Thomas Jefferson: The Reluctant Chauvinist”
  6. M. Andrew Holowchak, “The ornaments … and the amusements of life”: Jefferson, Female Felicity, and the Proper Education of a Genteel Woman”

Book Reviews

Letter to the Editor


About the Contributors

 Dave Dietrich served for over 40 years as a professional national security analyst and educator at the international (NATO), national, and military-service levels. Since his retirement in 2015, he has been working both as an Assistant Professor of Political Science (adjunct) and as a volunteer docent at a Thomas Jefferson historical site. He also serves as a director of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society.

 Andrew Holowchak—philosopher, historian, and editor of this journal—is a professor of philosophy. He is author/editor of nine books and over 65 published essays on Thomas Jefferson and is acknowledged by several to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on the thinking of Thomas Jefferson.

John P. Kaminski founded and directs the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin. He has published widely in the Revolutionary era including more than 30 volumes of the magisterial Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. His books include Adams and Jefferson: Contrasting Aspirations and Anxieties from the Founding (editor), The Quotable Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher and Politician, and Jefferson in Love: The Love Letters of Thomas Jefferson and Maria Cosway (editor).

Vivienne Kelly is an ardent, lifelong student of Thomas Jefferson.  She received her M.F.A. in Classical Sculpture from The American University in Washington, D.C. Her visual background has led to, at the National Gallery of Art, analyses of architectural, conceptual sketches, one of which resulted in the exhibition, “Lines of Thought,” and transcriptions of collections of early American letters which are housed at the Library of Congress.  She continues to write, teach, and create in her sculpture studios.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society.

Arthur Scherr teaches history at City University of New York and is a world-class Thomas Jefferson historian. His articles include “John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s Constitutionalism in the 1780s: A Reappraisal,” “Thomas Jefferson’s Nationalist Vision of New England and the War of 1812,” and “Jefferson’s ‘Cannibals’ Revisited: A Closer Look at his Notorious Phrase.” His books on Jefferson are Thomas Jefferson’s Haitian Policy: Myths and Realities, and Thomas Jefferson’s Image of New England: Nationalism versus Sectionalism in the Early Republic.

Garrett Ward Sheldon is John Morton Beaty Professor of Politics at The University of Virginia College at Wise, where he teaches Political Theory (Classics), Constitutional Law, and Religion and Politics.  He is the author of several books and articles on Jefferson, including The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson (Johns Hopkins University Press) and has been a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University; the University of Vienna, Austria; and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Sheldon has received The Outstanding Faculty in Virginia Award, the highest honor conferred on an academic by the Commonwealth.

James C. Thompson studied Philosophy as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Virginia. His interest broadened into a study of Ideas in History while teaching courses in Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics and Western Civilization at Strayer University in Alexandria, Virginia. He has written six books relating to Ideas in History, including The Birth of Virginia’s Aristocracy, George Washington’s Mulatto Man: Who Was Billy Lee?, and Thomas Jefferson’s Enlightenment: Paris 1785.


About The Journal of Thomas Jefferson’s Life and Times

Managing Editor
Professor M. Andrew Holowchak, Philosophy, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Editorial Advisory Board

Professor James Carpenter, Emeritus, Bartle Professor, Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York
Richard E. Dixon, Esq., Chairman of the Board, Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, Centerville, Virginia
Professor Brian Dotts, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
David Gowdy, Esq., Director, Washington-Jefferson-Madison Institute, Dallas, Texas
Professor Arthur Scherr, Assistant Professor of History, The City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York
Professor Garret Ward Sheldon, John Morton Beaty Professor of Politics, University of Virginia, Wise, Wise, Virginia
Mr. James C. Thompson, II, Publisher, Commonwealth Books of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
Mr. Tony Williams, Senior Teaching Fellow, Bill of Rights Institute, Williamsburg, Virginia
Professor Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Professor William Wilson, Emeritus, Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia


About The Journal of Thomas Jefferson's Life and Times:

The  Journal is published twice annually. Future spring issues will be published in May. The fall issue is published in November.

Jefferson summarized the mission of The Journal in the letter he wrote he wrote du Pont de Nemours on 24 April 1816. Said Jefferson to the respected French economist:

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

In keeping with Jefferson’s optimistic expectation, The Journal of Thomas Jefferson's Life and Times will “enlighten the people” with thoughtful, well-written, evidence-based commentaries on topics selected by its Board of Advisors.


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