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The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society
is proud to introduce its new journal. 
The Journal of Thomas Jefferson’s Life and Times 
will be published twice yearly. 
The first spring issue will be released in late May. 
The first fall issue will be released in late November 

The Journal is theme-based with each issue featuring a different Jeffersonian subject. The subjects are progressive in the sense that discussions in earlier issues provide insights into discussions in later issues. As in Jefferson’s life, one thing relates to another. One’s understanding of Jefferson and his optic will therefore become increasingly clear as the inter-connections of his interests and enterprises are revealed.

The Editor of the journal is Dr. M. (Mark) Andrew Holowchak. Mark will introduce each issue with an opening comment in which he will say a few words about the issue’s topic and introduce the scholars who discuss it. Regular departments will include Book Reviews, Letters to the Editor, and a Calendar of Events. Guidelines for submissions will be published in each issue and can also be found on the journal’s webpage, which is can be accessed from the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society webpage ( 

                                                                       Feature essays will consider Jefferson in terms of the issue’s theme. These are longer pieces that will be accompanied by eight to ten articles, which may elucidate or rebut points raised by the author of the feature essay. Pieces that appear in The Journal will be written by professional and private scholars from a wide range of disciplines.

Because Thomas Jefferson was a uniquely significant person, he continues to be important nearly two centuries after his death. To communicate an accurate picture of this man, we intend to avoid committing the error of “presentism”, which occurs when historical figures are judged by the standards of “present day” authors. We will do this by publishing evidence-based scholarship. Authors of essays and articles appearing in The Journal will validate their theses and claims with citations from appropriate original sources that are properly footnoted. 
Since the purpose of The Journal is to publish good, evidence-based scholarship, we will not publish articles that interpret Jefferson or his times in terms of current social or political agendas. We reserve the right, however, to correct misrepresentations and other errors that result from presentist analyses. 

The Journal of Thomas Jefferson’s Life and Times is published by the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society as an imprint of Commonwealth Books of Virginia.


The Journal’s themes are progressive in the sense that the discussions in earlier issues provide insights into the discussions in later issues. This in mind, we are beginning with two broad concepts, being Jefferson's many talents and interests and Jefferson's vision of his "academic village”.

   Jefferson’s lifelong pursuit of knowledge is one of his most fundamental characteristics. For our purposes, it is a foundation topic because it provides introductions for discussions on a wide number of related areas. The same for Jefferson’s vision for his academic village. It draws attention to his love of knowledge. But it also creates opportunities to discuss how he arranged his own knowledge and how he expected knowledge to benefit his community and mankind in general. These things in mind, the proposed themes of issues of The Journal of Thomas Jefferson's Life and Times are as follows:

    Vol. 1: A Man of Many Talents and Interests
    Vol. 2: Jefferson’s "Academical Village"
    Vol. 3: Jefferson and the American Revolution
    Vol. 4: Jefferson and the Rights of Man
    Vol. 5: The Jeffersonian Republic
    Vol. 6: Jefferson and Morality
    Vol. 7: Science in Jefferson’s Time
    Vol. 8: Thomas Jefferson and Women
    Vol. 9: Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia
    Vol. 10: Jefferson in France
    Vol. 11: Jefferson and Slavery
    Vol. 12: Jefferson and Madison
    Vol. 13: The Election of 1800
    Vol. 14: Jefferson’s Enemies
    Vol. 15: The Lewis & Clark Expedition
    Vol. 16: Thomas Jefferson - Architect
    Vol. 17: Monticello and Retirement
The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society Journal is published by the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society
as an imprint of Commonwealth Books of Virginia