Friday, August 14, 2009


"I say nothing of it's motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, & always well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty."

From a letter written by Thomas Jefferson concerning Shays' Rebellion (which nobody ever learns about in school).


Tyson said...

For years I was always popping back and forth between Jefferson and FDR as my favorite presidents, but since teaching about the progressive era last year, Teddy is now in the mix too. Jefferson was my kind of intellectual and thinking man, but Teddy was just a progressive bad-ass.

Are you actually doing any work at this supposed conference, or are you just posting on FB and your blog? :)

Erin said...

All the work comes later. Right now they are just overwhelming us with information and feeding us REALLY awesome dinners.