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Thomas Jefferson

One of the most well-known founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. The ideas of liberty he promoted continue to form the basis of the American cultural heritage today.

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Was Thomas Jefferson a Plagiarist?

by George H. Smith on Nov 15, 2011

Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?

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The Levelers: Libertarian Revolutionaries

by Nicholas Elliott on May 1, 1989

In this essay, Nicholas Elliott examines the libertarian ideology of the Glorious Revolution’s so-called “Levelers.”

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Anarchism and American Traditions

by Voltairine de Cleyre in 1908

Voltairine De Cleyre reappraises the legacy of the American Revolution through an individualist anarchist lens.

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Jeffersonian Optimism vs. Country Pessimism

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“Jefferson…wanted government to offer protection to the personal realm, so that men might freely exercise their beneficent faculties.”

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James Madison’s Vision of Liberty

by John Samples on Mar 1, 2001

Samples explores James Madison’s life by examining his motivations in drafting and later defending the United States Constitution.

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong With the Adams Administration

by Tony Petersen on May 3, 2019

Adams’ mistake was not, as some would have it, in angrily prosecuting his political enemies; it was, rather, in allowing others within his administration to pursue acts which went against his avowed political principles and instincts.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 4

by George H. Smith on Oct 15, 2013

George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.

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Priestly and Liberty

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1980

“Priestley died in Pennsylvania in 1804, having throughout his life professed freedom in science, religion, and politics.”

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Rothbard, “The Panic of 1819”

by Mark Skousen on Aug 1, 1975

Skousen reviews what may well be Rothbard’s most highly-praised work of professional history.