Tagged with Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson on Agriculture

18th century England was a country in turmoil. Famines, low wages and land enclosures meant that people who had lived in the same area for generations were struggling to survive, and many fled to the cities or the colonies. People wanted to live in the cities where wages were higher. Across the pond, the reverse … Continue reading

Cultural Benefits of Insults

Cultural Benefits of Insults

When French naturalist Louis de Buffon described the inhabitants of the New World as : “feeble, hairless, mentally challenged and characterised by small organs of generation” his words triggered a surprising response in the colonials, especially Thomas Jefferson. The count’s thinking was that the New World was harsher than the old, so everything there must … Continue reading