A Jeffersonian American Patriot is a State Patriot

One day in January 1811, Thomas Jefferson wrote to a French man of letters whose book he so much admired that he translated it into English and saw to its American republication. Along the way, he explained to the Frenchman why there had been such a difference between the outcomes of their countries’ revolutions. “The true barriers [defenses] of our liberty in this country,” Jefferson instructed, “are our State governments; and the wisest conservative power ever contrived by man, is that of which our Revolution and present government [the Federal Government] found us possessed.”

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Madison, Parsons, Jefferson: States as a Check on Federal Power

The following post is excerpted from the script for Nullify: Season 1. Watch all the videos from this series at this link – and Become a member here to support the TAC. JAMES MADISON When ratification of the Constitution was still up in the air, James Madison and others wrote a series of papers about how…

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Thomas Jefferson: Revolutionary

In Thomas Jefferson – Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America, historian Kevin Gutzman offers a fresh look at the famous statesman, described as “a revolutionary who effected radical change in a growing country.” Although often described as an American political enigma whose image is claimed by almost everyone, Gutzman’s new exposition does much to…

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