Religious toleration took different paths in different parts of colonial America.
To bake or not to bake?—What would those who actually ratified the First Amendment do?
Smith summarizes the arguments of delegates as to whether the slave trade should be prohibited in the Constitution.
The Constitution stipulates that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
It shouldn’t need to be said, but the Confederacy didn’t stand for opposing federal overreach or eliminating handouts to big business—it stood for slavery.
Adam Gurri explores the conflicts generated by three different ways of looking at the concept of liberty.
Thomas Jefferson’s ideas on religious freedom were heavily influenced by John Locke.
How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
This Thanksgiving, blow your relatives’ minds by exploding the myth of self government.
The most prominent of America’s contradictions is that its Founding documents were written by white men who owned black human beings as farm equipment, yet they expressed a commitment to liberty.
Athenian banks afforded women and slaves a chance at economic autonomy. This was possible because of lax enforcement of laws restricting their economic liberty.
Smith discusses some major controversies provoked by the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Caleb Brown interviews Anthony Comegna about the English Civil Wars and high weirdness in the primitive libertarian tradition.
Smith explains some features of the slave trade and the constitutional provision that it would not be banned in America for at least 20 years.
Smith discusses some controversies over slavery during the framing of the Constitution, especially the three-fifths clause.
Horwitz remembers the life and thought of Leland Yeager (November 4, 1924 – April 23, 2018).
Smith discusses Gerrit Smith’s arguments for prohibition and the reply by Lysander Spooner, as published in a book by Dio Lewis, Prohibition: A Failure.
Malthus was wrong.