Weed, Whites, and Wine

Published:January 5, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

Virginia history is turning up everywhere. On The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night, former VFH fellow Elizabeth Dowling Taylor talks about her new book, A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons. Watch the video and you’ll even hear Jon Stewart speak the words “Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.” Oh, and check out the foundation’s newly redesigned website.

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Elsewhere, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, wearing his historian’s cap, recently told a town hall meeting in my former home of Concord, New Hampshire, that “Jefferson and George Washington would strongly discourage you from growing marijuana, and their tactics to stop you would be more violent than they would be today.” This led some to point to that classic scene in the movie Dazed and Confused (1993), where George Washington‘s true connection to hemp is revealed:

So that covers the “weed” portion of this post’s title. The “whites” are the folks who held Paul Jennings in slavery, and the wine? That’s what I inevitably have drunk when I listen to Linda Ronstadt’s classic cover of the best song ever written, Little Feat’s “Willin'”: