Letter from Thomas Jefferson Reporting on the Events in Paris

It’s impressive enough that eyewitness accounts of the Storming of the Bastille are still around, but that one of the siege’s best chroniclers was our own Thomas Jefferson—who was then serving as U.S. Minister to France—is stupendous. (I just assume he spent that whole week in Paris crouched and hidden and furiously taking notes, like Robert Redford in “All The President’s Men.”) (And George Washington = Jason Robards.) Reading ‘em, though, reveals some crazy details. Like corn! Apparently, in between the revolts and fires and beheadings, the scoring of—and responsible selling of—corn suddenly became a really serious deal. (See July 13.)

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A Note on Sources

The American Scraps Executive Reference Library

Every American Scraps comic strip cites, links-to, and—where possible—displays a preview of its source artifact. These artifacts are all from public-domain, royalty-free sources, and are appropriate for use in the classroom. Most American Scraps sources come from The National Archives And Records Administration (NARA), whose “Today’s Document” feature was the original inspiration, in 2010, for this whole enterprise. (On a personal note, I’m grateful to NARA for the invaluable work they have done, and continue to do.)

For ease of use in the classroom—specifically grades 5–12—American Scraps organizes its material according to UCLA’s National Standards for History Basic Edition (1996), as you can see in those ten “Historical Eras” above. Learn more about the National Center for History in the Schools here.

If you’re a teacher and are using American Scraps in the classroom, I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line at jon@americanscraps.com.

A Note on Theft

The original art you see here on American Scraps is copyrighted, and reproduction of it is prohibited without written approval.

In other words, unless I’ve told you otherwise: Don’t save or screenshot these comics for use in your own post, tweet, slideshow, or embed. Don’t “remix” or “aggregate” them. Don’t reproduce them, even in an appreciative way. Don’t sell them. Don’t drop them into a listicle called “15 Comic GIFs That Tell The Story Of American History (And You Won’t Believe #8!)”.

Instead, contact me at jon@americanscraps.com and let’s talk about your idea.

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