Monroe was not a deep thinker, as were Jefferson and Madison, nor was he the charismatic leader that Washington was.
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.
Although Van Buren himself was an effective politician, his years as president prompted scholars to rank Van Buren’s presidency as average, grouped among some of the least-effective and forgettable presidents in U.S. history
The quartering of soldiers on private property was a real, pressing threat to liberty when the Bill of Rights was drafted.
For Filmore, slavery was a moral wrong, and imposing on states’ rights was a legal wrong, but for U.S. history, the chimera of legislation that became the Compromise of 1850 was a catastrophic mistake.
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.
Liz Mair joins us to discuss Nunes, his cow, & how the lawsuit has created an internet backlash drawing more attention to parody accounts.
Voltairine De Cleyre reappraises the legacy of the American Revolution through an individualist anarchist lens.
Address Delivered at the Request of the Committee for Arrangements for Celebrating the Anniversary of Independence
John Quincy Adams argued that any government that attempted to compel others to adopt its values by force risked undermining liberty at home.
Edgar Allen Poe was no Locofoco sympathizer, but he did tell a tale about class struggle much different than the ones we have discussed before.
After defining his terms, our author shifts to a full explanation of slavery’s sinful violations of Christian precepts.
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.
What is the real origin story of America?
Vanessa Calder joins us this week to discuss whether or not residents of Crystal City, VA and Queens, NY should be excited by the arrival of Amazon.
Professor Joseph Kelly tells us the forgotten story of Stephen Hopkins and how the Virginia Company lacked real leadership & direction.