Channeling the spirit of Union Col. E. D. Baker, Frances Whipple became one of the earliest prominent voices for abolition in California politics.
From the Wisconsin territorial capitol, Abram D. Smith captivated his audience with tales of an electrified future of global republicanism.
Condorcet ends his greatest work with the confident assertion that progress cannot be stopped.
In a parallel to Prohibition, the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act will backfire by boosting demand for black market sex trafficking.
Though our author wrote in hiding from a terroristic regime, his saw unlimited potential for human accomplishment.
Like many of us, Condorcet got a bit carried away with praise for the Enlightenment. Unlike many of us, he tempered it with a dose of realism.
Justice Woodbury concludes his dissent by arguing that the states cannot usurp Congress’s power to declare war in order to prevent political change.
Woodbury argues that the Dorr “War” presented no real threat to the Charter government and their declaration of martial law was made in error.
In his dissent from Taney’s opinion, Justice Woodbury began by agreeing that the Dorr War was a political matter best left out of the courts.
In 1849, the US Supreme Court decided that might makes right—The only legitimate institutions are those with enough power to defend themselves.
Rounding out his history of the Early Modern period, Condorcet explains the linkages between philosophy and politics on both ends of the Atlantic.
Horton was a clear example of black Americans’ “nation within a nation,” contributing to wider American life while retaining unique experience.
Though the Old South’s feudal institutions treated slaves as mere property, they lived in and helped create a rapidly modernizing world.
During the English Civil Wars, it seemed to many that the Earth’s “Great Ones” were busily destroying themselves—so the Diggers seized their moment.
When the Diggers occupied St. George’s Hill, they stood on generations of leveller history protesting aristocratic enclosures of common lands.
For our author, the print revolution ushered in both an unstoppable flood of progress and the massive, abosolute, bureaucratic central state.
Whether rationalists or empiricists, the first modern philosophers gave us all good reasons to doubt the dictates of either kings or priests.
No mere whig historian, Condorcet recognized that alongside wonderful, liberty-maximizing inventions like printing came modern states and global slavery.