The Revolving Desk
Here in our version of a swiveling cupboard, we will offer an occasional series of brief essays by a rotating slate of authors from our project. Our goal is to provide vignettes to illuminate subjects we encounter in our work. This is our opportunity to say a little more about bits that have caught our interest and, we hope, will catch yours.
In 1806, Jefferson received an atypical request for pardon. The case draws interest for a recently passed law that the defendants had unknowingly violated: they had employed Black mail carriers on the postal route they managed, which connected New York and Philadelphia.
Charitable giving was a customary practice throughout Jefferson’s life in accordance with his patriarchal worldview and that of many of his contemporaries, and thus it is not surprising that he would advise others to adopt similar philanthropic pursuits.
The history of Earth’s weather (conditions at a particular place and time) and climate (long term weather patterns and regional environments) is the basis of understanding modern climate trends and weather patterns. Evidence of past weather is found in fossils, ice...