There have been many mentions of Monroe in the news lately, and we’ve updated the “In the News” page of our site to include them!
Friday, December 2 was the anniversary of the address to Congress in which Monroe first mentioned the policies that would become known as the Monroe Doctrine. As this article published by the think tank Foreign Policy in Focus shows, the Doctrine continues to be relevant to international relations even today.
On Saturday, December 3, a New Jersey group re-enacted Monroe’s December 25, 1776 crossing of the Delaware River. Although he is pictured in the famous Emmanuel Leutze painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” Monroe actually crossed the river separately from Washington. The Coryell’s Ferry Militia re-enacts Monroe’s crossing early in December each year, to keep it from being overshadowed by the Washington crossing re-enactment on December 25. Read about this year’s event here.
And finally, James Monroe himself delivered the final lecture in the Charlottesville Podcasting Network’s series “Virginia History 101: Jefferson, Madison and Monroe, a Dynasty of Friends!” You can read about and listen to the lecture here.