The Grateful American™ Radio Show is the audio interview production of the Grateful American™ Foundation, which is dedicated to restoring enthusiasm in American history, for children and grown-ups. In this weekly show, author and publisher David Bruce Smith and co-host Hope Katz Gibbs interview leaders of the nation’s top presidential homes, educators, and history experts. Don’t miss a moment!
Did you know that Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, the same day as John Adams? How did having two former presidents die at the same time affect the way in which their loss was grieved by the country? Monticello curator Susan Stein explains: It was a phenomenon that they both died on the same day, exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was presented and approved by Congress. The public saw their same-day deaths as being cataclysmic, and that sentiment filled the press. In fact, when Adams died, he believed that Jefferson was still alive — but Jefferson actually predeceased Adams. Jefferson had been sick for days, in and out of consciousness, and it was his grandson-in-law, Nicholas Trist, who told Jefferson that it was the fourth of July. Everyone understood this to be a dramatic moment; I think that if a playwright had been trying to conceive of an end to Jefferson’s life, it could not have been eclipsed by what actually happened.
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Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy is the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, as well as a Professor of History at the University of Virginia. In this podcast interview, Hope Katz Gibbs, executive producer of David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American Foundation, dives into O’Shaughnessy’s career, and his latest assignment at King’s College in England.
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In this video with Erin Carlson Mast, you’ll learn:
1. How Lincoln travelled to and from the Cottage
2. Why he once met visitors in his bed slippers
3. And you’ll discover five things parents can do to make learning about history fun for their children.
4. And, you’ll discover fun facts about Lincoln’s life to discuss tonight at the dinner table.
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