Michael Douma and Phil Magness join us to discuss their new book What is Classical Liberal History?
David M. Hart joins us to discuss his latest book, Social Class and State Power.
In July 1842, Rhode Island had two state governments. The rest of New England watched, wondering if they would spill into a civil war.
On May 19, 1842, Thomas W. Dorr dressed up like Napoleon and ordered his makeshift little army to storm the Providence state arsenal.
“Nowhere in the world have life, LIBERTY, and property been safer than in Rhode Island.”
1840 was the Locofoco year—their chance to permanently change America.
Abram D. Smith is a forgotten figure in American history. But in September 1838, a circle of revolutionaries elected him to be President of Canada.
The Young Americans were New York’s next generation of artists, intellectuals, and activists; many of whom were inspired by the Loco-Foco movement.
By the Fall of 1837, both Tammany Hall Democrats and the Locofocos loved Van Buren’s administration so a reunion was now a real possibility.
During a state convention in Utica on September 1836, 93 delegates unanimously adopted a resolution to officially establish the Equal Rights Party.
America’s first identifiably libertarian political movement began as a conspiracy to conquer Tammany Hall.
William Leggett’s antislavery wasn’t just spontaneous. His editorial career was spent teasing out the finer points of libertarian theory.
William Leggett was the man who created the first identifiably libertarian movement in American history.
William Morgan was about to publish the Freemasons’ tightly controlled secrets. Morgan planned to expose the powers conferred by initiation.
Much as we modern libertarians might love to hate the Whigs, they were in many ways indistinguishable from the Jacksonians.
The 1820s, 30s, and 40s were rough and tumble times. Life changed more quickly in those decades than ever before and practically everyone felt it.
Joel Mokyr argues that the elite stood on the shoulders of craftsmen to bring us into the age of Enlightenment.
Historians call 1816-1824 the “Era of Good Feelings” because there were no real party organizations.