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January 1, 2001 Lecture Series Review

The Foundation offers an annual lecture given by a distinguished Monroe scholar. One of our most recent lectures comes from Dr. James P. Lucier. In Dispatches from the Revolution, Dr. Lucier discussed what we can learn from the Monroe papers.

Monroe Statue"The papers of President James Monroe contain an astonishingly broad collection of Monroe's on-the-scene public and private reporting of dramatic scenes from history, as he witnessed them. Monroe's tough and analytical prose was often dashed off in the heat of the battlefield, at the height of political conflict, or in the midst of diplomatic negotiations with a messenger waiting to take the missive to a packet ship about to set sail.

In the Monroe papers one finds his intelligence report on troop movements sent to General Washington during the battle of Trenton; his account of a trip on horseback to Niagara Falls aborted by encounters with hostile Indians; his survey of the future site of Washington D.C. as a member of a committee appointed by the Continental Congress; his official report from Paris on the fall of Robespierre; his correspondence with Tom Paine and the Marquis de Lafayette while they were in prison; his orders and reports as Governor of Virginia and Commander-in-Chief during Gabriel's Rebellion; his official record of the day-to-day negotiations with the First Consul (Napoleon) and Talleyrand for the Louisiana Purchase; his night-time scouting mission to the Maryland tidewater as Secretary of State to observe the landing of British troops during the War of 1812; his account of the burning of Washington; and, as President, his three-way correspondence with Jefferson and Madison about the drafting of what came to be called the Monroe Doctrine."

The 15th Annual James Monroe Lecture was held on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 7:30 p.m., in the Great Hall of the Mary Washington College Campus Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Dr. Jon Kukla

Dr. Jon Kukla, Executive Vice President & CEO of Red Hill, The Patrick Henry Foundation, presented: "A Prelude to the Lousiana Purchase: James Monroe and the Separatist Plot of 1786."

The free presentation served as the debut of the Foundation's celebration of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial that officially began nationwide in January 1st of 2003.




Since 1988, the Annual James Monroe Lecture has offered students of history a golden opportunity to learn more about our nation's Fifth president

The Foundation and Mary Washington College along with the assistance of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy began the annual James Monroe Lecture in 1988. As they become available, the Foundation will make the texts of the following presentations available.

"Presidents Abroad, Presidents at Home 1780-1825"
Betty C. Monkman
Curator, The White House

"The Diplomacy of James Monroe"
James P. Lucier, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, James Monroe Memorial Foundation

"James Monroe: Defining a Style for the Presidency -
The Decorative Arts and The White House"

Sumpter Priddy III

"Slavery & James Monroe's America"
Robert P. Forbes
Executive Coordinator, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of
Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University

"James Monroe, National Boundaries
and the Monroe Doctrine"
Daniel Preston
Editor, The Papers of James Monroe

"Monroe & John Quincy Adams: The Last of the
Revolutionaries and the First Son of the Republic"

Richard Norton Smith
Director, Gerald R. Ford Museum & Library

"Roads of Relocation & Renewal: James
Monroe's Relations with Native Americans"

Gerrard W. Gawalt
Historical Specialist, Library of Congress

"How a State Came to Lead a Nation: the Political
Cultures of Virginia in the Era of Jefferson and Monroe"

Daniel P. Jordan
President, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation

"The Presidential Tours of James Monroe"
Noble E. Cunningham, Jr.
Curators' Professor of History, University of Missouri

"Images of a President: Portraits of James Monroe"
David Meschutt
Curator of Art, West Point Museum

"James Monroe's Vision of the American West"
Howard R. Lamar
Sterling Professor of History, Yale University

"Monroe & Slavery: Private Views, Public Policy"
Harry Ammon
Professor of History Emeritus, Southern Illinois University

"Origins and Objectives of the Monroe Doctrine"
Edward P. Crapol
Professor of History, College of William and Mary

"The Last Years of the Monroe Doctrine"
Gaddis Smith
Professor of History, Yale University