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.
The quartering of soldiers on private property was a real, pressing threat to liberty when the Bill of Rights was drafted.
President Buchanan amassed the largest fiscal imbalance of a pre-Civil War administration not engaging in a foreign war and that fact only scrathes the surface of his shortcomings.
The American welfare state is expensive, of limited efficacy, and crowds out better options for alleviating poverty.
John Tyler was the one person most responsible for squashing republicanism and establishing the empire.
Mary Wollstonecraft’s political philosophy and feminist thought were shaped by her beliefs about human nature.
Caleb Brown interviews Anthony Comegna about the English Civil Wars and high weirdness in the primitive libertarian tradition.
This Thanksgiving, blow your relatives’ minds by exploding the myth of self government.
To bake or not to bake?—What would those who actually ratified the First Amendment do?
Smith discusses Birney’s eventual opposition to the American Colonization Society and why he embraced abolitionism instead.
Horwitz remembers the life and thought of Leland Yeager (November 4, 1924 – April 23, 2018).
How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
Celebrity candidates have built-in name recognition, but offer little in the way of actual qualification for office.
Smith summarizes the arguments of delegates as to whether the slave trade should be prohibited in the Constitution.
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.
Smith discusses some major controversies provoked by the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.