Thomas Jefferson


Colonial America Was Obsessed With Chocolate That Probably Tasted Pretty Bad

Even as the colonists grew to appreciate the flavor of chocolate, they also ate it as a health food.
Jacqueline Raposo

The Food Festival Showing How Slaves Built American Cuisine

The annual Heritage Harvest Food Festival is hosted at Thomas Jefferson's slave plantation Monticello. This year, its founders and participants are making a concerted effort to reckon with the site's past.
Mitchell Sunderland
Views My Own

Let's Get Rid of Mount Rushmore

Donald Trump says removing confederate statues is a slippery slope that could get out of control. Maybe he's right—would that be such a bad thing?
Wilbert L. Cooper

Why Our Founding Fathers Adored Chinese Tea

Donald Trump has painted China as the ultimate antagonist, despite the fact that it has long supplied Americans with their caffeine fix. Even George Washington was particularly fond of China's premium green tea.
Clarissa Wei

Living Like a Founding Father Left Me Drunk and Covered in Leeches

The Founding Fathers may have dreamed up the greatest democracy since Ancient Greece, but they also drank constantly and smelled like trash.
River Donaghey
Ice Cream

Stop Thanking Thomas Jefferson for Inventing Ice Cream

Thomas Jefferson did not invent ice cream, and he wasn't even the first American to bring it stateside. But he did help popularize it, thanks to the culinary efforts of his household staff.
Devorah Lev-Tov
year in review

The Year Missouri's Football Team Put America On Notice

By threatening to boycott actual games, the University of Missouri football team helped oust school president Tim Wolfe. Did America miss the bigger point?
Aaron Reiss
university of missouri

University of Missouri Football Players Broke the Power Structure

Athletes, college or professional, have power to enact changes. The University of Missouri football players showed that more should use it.
Domonique Foxworth

Check Out These Beautiful Aerial Shots of a Centuries-Old Land Division System

Instagram user The Jefferson Grid captures individual square miles of the US.
Rachel Pick
Dealer's Choice

Pawpaw, the Weirdest American Fruit You Never Knew About

Meet Ian Purkayastha, the 21-year-old food dealer who's hustling fresh product through the back doors of fancy restaurants, and our main connect to the food world's most underground items.
Munchies Staff