The Journal of

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 spring issue will be released
in May. The fall issue will be released in November 

The Journal is theme-based with each issue featuring a different Jeffersonian topics. Lead essays and following articles by professional and private scholars will be selected by managing editor, Mark Holowchak. Readers can expect to develop new insights into one of America’s most influential and interesting men, while examining subjects from various fact-based perspectives. 
You may be surprised to learn that prior to the publication of this journal there had been no periodical devoted exclusively to the discussion of Thomas Jefferson’s life and times. Our mission is to keep this knowledge active in the public mind. By discussing his enterprises in terms of his personal qualities, the people with whom he interacted, and the age in which they lived, we expect to create a new appreciation for this great American genius. 

Noted Jefferson authority, Dr. M. (Mark) Andrew Holowchak, 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, anda 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 at 

Feature essays will consider Jefferson in terms of that issue’s theme. These 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 the most accurate impressions of this complex man, and to familiarize readers with events that unfolded in a world that was substantially different from what exists today, we will endeavor to avoid what we consdier to be the error of presentism. Presentism distorts the past by evaluating it in terms by modern day standards and values. We will strive to eliminate this kind of distortion publishing evidence-based commentaries in which authors validate their claims with citations from appropriate original sources that are properly referenced. Nor will we
 publish articles that interpret Jefferson and/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.


Journal themes are progressive in the sense that discussions in earlier issues will provide insights into discussions planned for 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 "academical village”.

Jefferson’s lifelong pursuit of knowledge is one of the most fundamental of his personal characteristics. For our purposes, it is a foundation topic because it provides introductions for discussions on a wide range 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, 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

    (*) Themes are subject to change and may be reordered and/or deleted. 
The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society Journal is published by the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society
as an imprint of Commonwealth Books of Virginia