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.


Was Thomas Jefferson a Plagiarist?

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 13, 2014

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


Thomas Jefferson on Public Education, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 31, 2014

George H. Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.

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The American Founding in Practice

featuring Robert M. S. McDonald on Feb 9, 2011

Rob McDonald discusses the conflict between individual liberty and slavery, at the time of the American Revolution.

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The State of State Education in America

featuring Neal McCluskey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 28, 2014

Neal McCluskey joins us for a conversation about public education in America. How did it begin? And why doesn’t it work as well as we want it to?

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Liberty and the American Experience

featuring Jim Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 24, 2014

Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on how the tradition of liberty in the United States was established and how it subsequently flourished.