“A strict observance of the written laws is doubtlessone of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose […]
Clay Jenkinson, a humanities scholar who adopts the persona of Thomas Jefferson, engaged students and answered questions during a morning session on Oct. 15, 2014 at Tidewater Community College’s Chesapeake Campus. Students from American literature classes and others came to the Black Box Theatre in the Chesapeake Academic Building for the one-man performance.
“It was my crowded hour!” – Theodore Roosevelt on July 2, 1898 – the day he led the charge up San Juan Hill The response to Ken Burns’ latest documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History has been overwhelming. All credit to Ken Burns, who is a genius, and Geoffrey Ward, who has been researching and writing Ken’s […]
The response to Ken Burns’ latest documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History has been overwhelming. All credit to Ken Burns, who is a genius, and Geoffrey Ward, who has been researching and writing Ken’s scripts for many years, and who is the shining star of “talking heads” in this 14-hour epic about TR, Eleanor (his […]
“When I hear another express an opinion, which is not mine, I say to myself, He has a right to his opinion, as I to mine; why should I question it? His error does me no injury, and shall I become a Don Quixote to bring all men by force of argument, to one opinion?” […]
“And whereas the reformation of offenders, tho’ an object worthy the attention of the laws, is not effected at all by capital punishments, which exterminate instead of reforming, and should be the last melancholy resource against those whose existence is become inconsistent with the safety of their fellow citizens, which also weaken the state by […]
“The future inhabitants of the Atlantic and Missipi [sic] States will be our sons. We leave them in distinct but bordering establishments. We think we see their happiness in their union, & we wish it. Events may prove it otherwise; and if they see their interest in separation, why should we take side with our Atlantic rather […]
“For if a slave can have a country in this world, it must be any other in preference to that in which he is born to live and labour for another: in which he must lock up the faculties of his nature, contribute as far as depends on his individual endeavours to the evanishment of […]
In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir spent three days camping together in Yosemite. The Ken Burns film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, depicts Theodore Roosevelt’s first visit to the grandest canyon of them all. Upon seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time, President Roosevelt was overwhelmed by its spectacular beauty. He asked […]
Clay Jenkinson, author, humanities scholar and director of The Dakota Institute, portrays President Thomas Jefferson in a one-of-a-kind performance at the 2013 Rural Futures Conference. He shares what Jefferson thought about boundaries and the new world, as well as how the Rural Futures Institute parallels his vision.
On October 11, 1973, Governor Link delivered what is widely regarded as North Dakota’s “Gettysburg Address.” His credo, written in the margins of his prepared speech moments before he was introduced, is known by its opening phrase: “When the landscape is quiet again.” Producing this documentary was one of the great honors of my life. […]