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Jeffersonian Federalism and the Origins of State Rights

Jeffersonian Federalism

by Kevin R. C. Gutzman Thomas Jefferson’s name is most commonly associated in American popular culture with what we now call “democracy,” which Jefferson’s friend and collaborator James Madison called “republicanism”: government by elected officials. Abundant evidence supports that Jefferson

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Jefferson’s “Scientific” Declaration of Independence

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by Tom Shachtman Before Thomas Jefferson began to write a draft of the Declaration of Independence, the majority of the delegates to the Second Continental Congress were already on record as agreeing that “it is necessary that the exercise of

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