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Q0: Introducing “Notes on the State”

Q1: The Difference Jefferson Makes

Q2: Coming to Terms with Sally Hemings


Notes on the State is a six-part podcast series produced at UVA’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. The six-part series features a variety of voices, all with their minds on Thomas Jefferson, but most especially on the only book he ever wrote: Notes on the State of Virginia, from which this project takes its title “Notes on the State.” Modeling Jefferson’s format, each episode is designed to “query” Jefferson’s history. This series seeks to reconcile our foundational myths and ideals with the realities of their limits and failures, while at the same time explore those aspects of our collective history that we can hold, extend, and use in our present moment.