Museum of the American Revolution

  • Incredibly there is no museum in the U.S. devoted exclusively to the American Revolution. That is about to change, when, in 2015, the Museum of the American Revolution is built in Philadelphia near Independence Hall. See the AP article (11-Jul-12) for details about the museum and the provenance of the collection.
JDN | 13-Sep-2012

I set out on this ground, which I suppose to be self-evident, that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living; that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it. This, with its echo of the Declaration (self-evident) was Jefferson at his most terse. Except for the phrase in usufruct — a legalism meaning the right to use property for a certain time — Jefferson’s words could be chiseled in stone, or shouted on the hustings.

Richard Brookhiser
James Madison (2011)